Shown on the left are bicone Austrian crystal beads in 3 sizes. The
photo is enlarged to show detail. On the right are the same crystals next to a
pencil and tape measure. The light sapphire is shown in 3mm, amethyst
is shown in 4mm and rose is shown in 6mm. Six millimeters would be
about the diameter of an eraser on the end of a pencil.
sell bicone Austrian crystal in both plain and aurora borealis (rainbow)
finish. "AB" stands for aurora borealis. I have
most of the colors Swarovski offers.
By the way, "Swarovski Crystal" and "Austrian
Crystal" are synonymous. Swarovski is the only company
allowed to make crystals in the country of Austria. So, when you say
"Austrian crystal" you're automatically referring to
Swarovski. And, please, they're Austrian Crystals, not Australian
Crystals! Different continent, baby!
Colors If there is a color that you
want and you don't see it here, contact me. I might have it in stock.
And, if I don't, I might be able to order it for you.
For the most part, I only stock colors that I like. Swarovski has come
out with a lot of new colors in the last two years that are just a big
There are no quantity discounts. I'm giving you my best price no
matter how many or how few you buy.
Normal retail for 4mm
regular color bicones is $.22 and your price is only $.21.
Bicone Swarovski Austrian Crystal Beads
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Satin Black Diamond
(Like Black Diamond only more sparkly. I don't like the AB version
of this color cuz it adds gold. This is the one you want when you
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4mm $.26 ea. Qty:
6mm $.45 ea. Qty:
4mm $.26 ea. Qty:
There is no 6mm
Special Colors and Finishes
(Colors that don't come in plain, AB or 2AB)
By the way, many people talk about
"Australian crystals" but they really mean
SwarovskiŽ (Swore-off-ski) crystal components are regarded as
the highest quality machine cut and polished crystal beads in the
world. The demand for luxury products unfortunately can create a
host of imitators. The imitators are all over the Internet and at
every bead show that we have visited.
The SwarovskiŽ company creates its glass with a special compound
that imitators cannot duplicate. This special compound creates the
incredible brilliance of their product. The delicate color palette
is another quality that sets SwarovskiŽ crystal components apart
With so many crystal beads and components out there, how can you
tell if the crystal you are purchasing is actually a
crystal component or an imitation?
Here are some tips that can help you determine which crystals are
SwarovskiŽ crystals are generally not strung when offered
SwarovskiŽ crystals are perfectly uniform. Since they are
machine cut, each crystal is the same. This means that the
height, width and slope are consistent. A hand polished
imitator bead will not have as uniform a cut. You may also
notice different dimensions from bead to bead.
SwarovskiŽ uses machinery that precisely cuts each crystal.
According to SwarovskiŽ, "cutting hard materials such as
crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred
identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated
task; each direction of the reflected light must first be
calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D,
optimized and finally converted into control programs for
complex machinery." This is just part of the technology
that gives SwarovskiŽ crystals their unbelievable flash.
The precision cutting of SwarovskiŽ machinery allows each
crystal to have its facet juncture "pointing up".
This means the facet junctures all meet at precisely the same
point. This is a similar aspect of diamond faceting. See the
AB finish SwarovskiŽ crystals have a uniform surface
luster. There are no swirling marks from the vacuum process
that produces the AB finish, and generally there are no
scratches. The "imitations" often have scratches,
swirl marks ("oily" looking surface). Some of these
imperfections, in the "imposters", have to do with
the lower quality of the finish. See the illustration above.
When you look inside the crystal, you will see no bubbles.
If you see any bubbles, you know immediately that it is a
Because of its special glass compounds, SwarovskiŽ crystal
will out-sparkle a bead of lesser quality when placed in a