Swarovski ® Crystal
During October 2020 Swarovski announced the end of production of their lighting crystal. As the world’s leading crystal manufacturer, also designing and marketing its high quality crystals, the news came as a shock.
Swarovski launched their luxurious crystal for chandeliers in 1965. David Malik declared that he has not seen anything like it and became the first person in this country to adorn his lighting designs with crystal by Swarovski. When he started using this crystal, Swarovski was an unknown name in the field of chandelier components and we are honoured that our founder, David Malik played an important role in introducing Swarovski crystal for lighting to the market.
In 1977 the crystal was registered under the name Strass (registration mark). Although the name Strass is no longer used by Swarovski, it was known for such a long time, particularly within the lighting trade, that this name is still referred to.
Swarovski crystals are man-made from a secret formula. Originally the raw ingredients included silica, limestone, soda and lead which enabled cutting. However in 2012, after much research, Swarovski created more sustainable products that do not require the addition of lead. With its combination of perfect light distribution, optical purity and optimum colour spectrum, it not only complies with current regulations, it exceeds them. Crystal components for the fashion and jewellery trades are currently still available but we are no longer able to dress a traditional chandelier with Swarovski crystal.
This dressing is one of the most popular crystal options we offer to adorn chandeliers. Machine cut and some hand cutting, polished with a good lustre and sparkle.
Traditional crystal, comparable with the old English and French drops is sourced from the finest production throughout Europe, mostly being hand-cut.
The original meaning of the word crystal is from krustallos, Greek for ice. Clear quartz has an ice-like appearance with patterns of silver and milky inclusions. Cool to the touch, it is a natural material. Mined, then hand-cut and polished in various shapes such as pear drops, kites and balls, each piece has its own unique qualities.
Rock crystal adorned the earliest chandeliers from the 16th century for royalty and the nobility. A chandelier dressed with rock crystal hangs in Hampton Court Palace.