Quartz Crystal Jewelry
Q: The Chinese are producing "hand-cut" crystal beads, which are sold, for
example, by Fire Mountain Gems. These are, according to FMG description,
less uniform than Austrian crystal, but just as sparkely. And, of course,
much less expensive.
Does anyone have experience with Czech crystal? Or Chinese crystal?
A:It is true that there are two kinds of crystal - quartz is known as "rock crystal" and fine leaded glass is also called crystal. But commonly, all faceted glass beads are called crystals by many (whether this is "scientifically" accurate or not) and actually there are a lot of gemstones that FORM as crystals (diamonds, emeralds, rubies, etc, etc.) that are not normally called crystals, unless they are sold in the natural crystalline state, and even then they may have received additional polishing or faceting to make them look better! FMG also sells crystals made from a rare earth element (sorry, name escapes me right now) instead of lead. I've even seen acrylic faceted beads advertised as crystals! When I sell beads I try to remember to distinguish between Czech crystal (fire polish), Swarovski or leaded crystal, Chinese crystal, quartz crystal, and so on. I don't think most buyers really care to split hairs about it (correct me if I'm wrong here) - as long as origin of the bead is properly identified. -- Bead Blessed! Karleen/Vibrant Jewels http://www.vibrantpages.com/jewelry/welcome.htm JustBead auctions http://www.justbeads.com/auction/SellerAuctions.asp?User=21770 Check out our Amazon Bookstore! Discounted Beading Books! http://vibrantpages.com/jewelry/welcome.htm#BOOKSTORE
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