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WHAT DO ALL THOSE ARTICLE NUMBERS MEAN????, Nov 2015

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WHAT DO ALL THOSE ARTICLE NUMBERS MEAN???? I wanted to keep listing crystals, but I think it is time to put profit on the the side and give back to all the ladies I have grown to love. I hope this gives you a little insight. I spent (and lost) and lot of money by not knowing about the 4000 Series. Learned the hard way and I don't want you to do the same. Okay, here goes. The Article numbers started way back in Swarovski stone-age (pre -early 1940s). They were usually 2 digits and grew to the 3 and...

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TIME FOR A BLOG THAT I FEEL IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF YOU.....Jan 2016

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TIME FOR A BLOG THAT I FEEL IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF YOU..... I will tell you what was claimed and then tell you how to avoid getting "taken in" and what to ask so you can insure yourself that you are never going to worry if the prices you are paying are getting you the real thing. With all of my answers I will not keep repeating that I can back up to you all of my responses with screenshots, references and even my own Swarovski dealer agreed to jump in after I showed him what I found. These...

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HOW TO IDENTIFY A SWAROVSKI STRASS PRISM .........., October 2015

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HOW TO IDENTIFY A SWAROVSKI STRASS PRISM .......... At the top of each crystal (where the hole is), you will find the logo etching of Swarovsk--see photo. Every crystal component over 18mm in size (USED TO) carry the Strass signature (with the exception of Emerald and Bordeaux) etched into each item using a laser technique.They have also introduced a Bordeaux Blue-Limited Edition-and it also does not have the Logo. Swarovski has had many logos,(the Block,Swan,etc) since the 60's to tell the difference between other manufacturers. Watch out for copy cats and imitations! The logo assures that you have purchased the...

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More Swarovski Tidbits, October 2015

Posted by Elizabeth McGee on

Swarovski does NOT count crystals !!! I assure you, there is no machine counting 1440 several thousand times a day. Swarovski 4mm bicones is all I can verify are NOT counted, but packaged by weight. When I found t...his out many years ago, I immediately opened about 6 packages and counted all 1440 of them, even though I was making jewelry and not selling crystals. There was one package off by one crystal in my favor and one crystal not in my favor. The other 4 were perfect. I know the weight of 1440 nonAB, AB and most special coatings...

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Swarovski Tidbits/Secrets, August 2015

Posted by Elizabeth McGee on

SWAROVSKI TIDBITS......We have read why crystals may come on a stick, we know that only Swarovski bevels their cubes, we learned that Swarovski doesn't count crystals, but sold by weight, and I think my last blog was about STRASS, and logo-etching for authenticity, and we know why Swarovski keeps changing their packaging and how we can date some crystals. So, here is a quickie tidbit that I see quite often and want to clear up. "CORONA" is NOT a color, Corona is a package manufacturer and it was in the 1950s and 1960s. I have seen some listings stating "Corona...

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