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1. How to verify Austrian Crystal from plain glass?

Many Austrian lovers believe that the raw material used in the manufacture of our crystal objects occurs naturally. Nothing could be further from the truth. Austrian crystal is made at the factory in Wattens using basic formulae perfected by Daniel Austrian and his three sons in the earlier part of last century. Austrian crystal is fired using a combination of natural minerals and quartz sand, and then cooled slowly to avoid stress and inclusions.

But Austrian Crystal is still different from plain glass in colours and cuts. And it appears more brightly. You can find the difference from the following way:

Colours


Austrian Crystal: Austrian Crystal has its formal colour card for its beads and elements. Austrian crystal dye lots can vary slightly.

Colours Effects
Crystal
001
Light Amethyst
212
Erinite
360
Crystal
Aurore Boreale

001 AB
White Opal
234
Violet Opal
389
Emeraldl
205
Crystal
Aurore Boreale 2x

001 AB2
White Alabaster
281
Violet
371
Palace Green Opal
393
Crystal Satin
001 SAT
Rose Water Opal
395
Tanzanite
539
Olivine
228

 

Crystal Matt Finish*
001 MAT
Rose Alabaster
293
Amethyst
204
Khaki
550
Crystal Moonlight
001 MOL
Vintage Rose
319
Purple Velvet
277
Lime
385
Crystal Silver Shade
001 SSHA
Light Rose
223
Montana
207
Citrine
249
Crystal Golden Shadow
001 GSHA
Rose
209
Capri Blue
243
Light Topaz
226
Crystal Copper
001 COP

 

Rosaline
508
Sapphire
206
Jonquil
213
Crystal Comet Argent Light
001 CAL
Fuchsia
502
Light Sapphire
211
Silk
391
White Opal Sky Blue*
234 SBL
Ruby
501
Aquamarine
202

 

Light Peach
362
White Opal Star Shine*
234 STS
Padparadscha
542
Light Azore
361
Light Colorado Topaz
246
Crystal Bermuda Blue
001 BBL
Sun
248
Lndian Sapphire
217
Topaz
203
Crystal Heliotrope
001 HEL
Fireopal
237
Pacific Opal
390
Light Smoked Topaz
221
Crystal Metallic Blue 2x
001 METBL2
Hyacinth
236
Mint Alabaster
397
Smoked Topaz
220
Crystal Vitrail Medium
001 VM
Lndian red
374
Turquoise
267
Mocca
286
Crystal Dorado 2x
001 DOR2
Jet Nut 2x
280 NUT2
Light Siam
227
Lndicolite
379
Smoky Quartz
225
Dark red coral
396
Caribbean Blue Opal
394
Sand Opal
287
Jet Hematite
280 HEM
Siam
208
Blue Zircon
229
Light Grey Opal
383
Jet Hematite 2x
280 HEM2
Garnet
241
Chrysolite
238
Black Diamond
215
Burgundy
515
Peridot
214
Jet
280

Plain Glass: The colours of plain glass beads may have color deviation even in the same dye lots. And they do not have so much colour choices.

Cuts


Austrian Crystal: Austrian Crystal has perfect cuts which makes its beads and elements in equal number of facets regardless of size. The beads and elements have a sparking appearance caused by light reflections on the prism/facet surface as well as the light refractions from within the bead. On closer look all the beads are if a uniformed shape and consistently precise cuts on the facets.


Plain Glass: The beads appear dull, and do not capture light very well. The facets are also not uniformed and may have some pointed (sharp) edges while others are just blunt.

2. Why are Austrian Crystal Bicone Beads changing?

Some beading friends are confused when they receive our Austrian Crystal Bicone Beads. Because they may receive the beads with 12 facets in the second order while they got them with 8 facets first time. Now, all 5301 style crystal bicone beads in 3mm to 10mm sizes will soon be available with the brilliant XILION cut, which increases the number of reflective surfaces on the familiar bicone shape with alternating small and large facets. The change and the copyright-protected XILION name will distinguish authentic Austrian Elements Crystal Bicone Beads from products made by other manufacturers. The new cut has a higher brilliance and is more comfortable to wear. The upgraded bicone beads will be identified with style number 5328. Usually, we will pick up the available ones which are in stock.

3. Will the Austrian Elements Crystal Bicone Beads in the 2.5mm size be upgraded to the XILION cut?

Because the 2.5mm crystal bicone bead size is too small to upgrade, the cut will remain the same, but the style number will change to 5328 to be consistent with the rest of the crystal bicone bead product line.

4. How long is the usual progress time of Austrian Crystal?

The usual progress time of Austrian Crystal is around 15 weekdays.

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