Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Design
Q: I could be wrong, but I think the difference is if you are trying to
your jewelry *as* Swarovski (i.e. Swarovski crystal bracelet), but if you
said something like "bracelet made with Swarovski Crystals". Identifying
the materials used would be different than trying to "claim" them as
Nope. I can understand why you might think that, given that is how most
vendors operate, and also because when you pay so much for high-end
you probably want to be able to list them as such. But the Vero rights
statement seems to be very clear about this, here is an excerpt:
"Even if an item such as a bracelet which is sold on eBay contains
made by Swarovski, describing that item as a "Swarovski bracelet" or "a
bracelet with Swarovski crystals" is misleading if the bracelet itself is
manufactured by Swarovski. Such a bracelet could properly be described as
"a bracelet with Austrian crystals."
I was wondering if any lampwork artists restrict their copyright. I know
I've seen auctions of lampwork beads where the designer has said the beads are
misfits or seconds, and to please not credit or mention their name if you
use them in designs for resale. But does anyone restrict the use of their
name for first quality beads as a regular business practice?
A:Now I do, and will change my wording in auction descriptions when I sell jewelry. I assume that when selling sets of beads that if I am including Swarovski crystals as part of that auction (because they are temporarily strung with the lampwork) it is okay to say "Swarovski crystal bicones shown in the pics are included in the auction" since they are not incorporated in a piece of jewelry? I can understand Swarovski's standpoint on this. They sell the same amount of beads whether or not they have a Vero statement, and having and enforcing a Vero statement helps keep their business running more smoothly. As far as my own name being restricted - I would most definitely rather be mentioned as the lampwork artist - no matter what the designer does with the beads, because jewelry design is very subjective. Something that appears ugly and not done well to one person might appear beautiful to another. So therefore - no, I, as a lampwork artist, do not have limitations on the copyright of my name and its use in product description, as long as someone else isn't claiming to be me, and as long as someone else doesn't claim to have made the beads I have made. Other artists may feel differently though. I also only sell first quality work - even when I clean out my stash from time to time. Anything that's messed up gets put in "the jar" or thrown away.
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