The Swarovski pearl, also known as the Swarovski Crystal pearl, is an imitation pearl that is created by using a Swarovski crystal at the center rather than a plastic bead. Using crystals rather than plastic beads yield a surprisingly realistic imitation pearl. These simulated pearls are reasonably priced and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Realism without the high price is one of the major benefits of the Swarovski pearl.
Because each pearl is created by using a Swarovski crystal bead, it is easy to attain the perfect size and weight. Once the properly sized crystal spheres are selected, each sphere is layered with several coats of mother of pearl. The crystal base at the center is the factor that sets these imitation pearls apart from others. Each completed Swarovski pearl exhibits a more luminous appearance than other imitation pearls.
Many simulated pearls offer some drawbacks. Contact with perfume or perspiration can cause plastic imitation pearls to lose their pearl coating. Because faux pearls are easily scratched, cleaning them can be challenging. Swarovski pearls, on the other hand, are washable and are not susceptible to damage from perfume or perspiration. They are also resistant to scratches.
And as is the case with genuine, cultured pearls, the temperature of Swarovski pearls changes to reflect the temperature of the wearer's skin. Because this quality is one reason jewelry lovers cherish genuine pearls, the realistic color, luster and feel of Swarovski crystal pearls are major selling points.
Swarovski pearls are created in 29 colors, including black, brown, cream, deep brown, cream rose, dark green, light green, powder green, maroon and light blue. Pearlized coatings that have a metallic appearance are popular and include antique brass, bright gold, bronze, regular gold and copper. Lighter shades include powder rose, peach, white, mauve and powder almond.
Swarovski pearls are used in the same manner as genuine pearls and are utilized in jewelry pieces including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. But in addition to these traditional jewelry pieces, there are wedding-related products, including tiaras, garment trim, and decorative trims that are incorporated into bridal bouquets and boutonnieres.
The price of jewelry that features Swarovski pearls depends on factors including the quality of the setting and the chain used, as well as any other gems that might be incorporated. In most cases, Swarovski pearl jewelry is comparable in price to other examples of fine jewelry that feature semiprecious stones. It is also possible to purchase loose Swarovski pearls at reasonable prices. A group of 100 6 mm Swarovski pearls might sell for less than $10.
An interesting variation on the Swarovski Crystal pearl is the use of exposed Swarovski crystals within cultured freshwater pearls. Genuine pearls are inlaid with tiny Swarovski crystal chatons, bringing the beauty of crystal and pearl together. These beads require a great deal of hand craftsmanship and might bring a price of more than $70 for 18 loose pearls.