I’ve recently come to realise that the market is full of Swarovski crystal products, some of which sellers have tried to pass off as “genuine”. I was a little bit mortified with this news, being a girl who absolutely LOVES the blingiest bling of all blings aka B.B.B. Like seriously, when I’m surrounded by shops, my body starts levitating towards anything sparkly, or so I’ve been told (teehee). So being the detective that I am, I knew that it was absolutely my mission to look into this matter.
(Please note that this only applies to Flatback Swarovski Crystals as they are one of the most commonly used crystals for accessories)
I spent the next few days looking around the market place, getting a bit hands on and examining sample pieces. I’ve even come across some suppliers who have offered me “alternatives” to the real deal, which by the way looks almost like the real deal but at a fraction of the price!
So with all the information that I gathered within a few weeks, I came to one conclusion:
You can absolutely tell the difference between real and fake Swarovski Crystal with your naked eyes!
So I’m going to write down all the things that you need to look out for so that in the future, you could easily tell whether or not the crystal is real simply by looking at it.
1. The Price
As I previously mentioned, fake Swarovski Crystals are a fraction of the price of real ones. So if the price you paid is too good to be true, then it probably is. Of course some sellers may sell their fake crystals for ridiculously high prices, but that’s another story..
2. The Brilliance
Now this is the absolute basic. Swarovski Crystals are really sparkly, especially under direct light. If you’re shining a torch on your bling and it’s not lighting up like a kid on Christmas day, chances are, it’s not the real deal. But having said that, with the “really good quality fakes” (direct quote I got from a seller) that they’re making these days, it might be harder to tell if you do not compare them side by side.
Two sets of crystals side by one. If you look at them one at a time, they both look shiny. But when comparing them side to side, can you see the difference?
So obviously the phone case on the left is the real deal. You can see how easily the light reflects off it.
Now let’s examine the crystals close up.
|Close up, the crystals definitely look less briliant individually. They have a cloudy appearance. This is one of the most popular tell-tale signs that it is fake. The genuine crystals will NEVER look cloudy inside.
|I’m pretty sure by now it is becoming more clear (pun intended). The difference is SO obvious close up. The real crystals are just so much more clearer and brilliant.
Please keep in mind that some Swarovski colours are not as shiny as other colours (e.g. Pink Rose is not as shiny as Clear Crystal) so it’s probably best to compare crystals of the same colour.
The final way to tell if the crystals are genuine or not is the cherry on top of the cake.
3. The Cut
This is one of the most OBVIOUS ways to tell if the crystals are real or not. So here’s a little bit of background information:
Daniel Swarovski was the brains behind the machine that made precise cuts to the crystals which separated the Swarovski Crystals from the rest. This machine is extremely precise and is pretty much impossible to replicate. So this means that all crystals are CUT in the same shape.
|As you can see from the picture, every crystal has 14 facets, one larger than the other. The facets are all cut the same way as pictured. The fake crystals do not have this feature. You can go back to the previous pictures and see for yourself. In the picture, the cut on the left is the old style that was used previously, and the cut on the right is the new improved cut that was implemented by the Swarovski Company earlier this year for more brilliance.
So there you have it, the three ways to spot the difference between genuine and fake Swarovki Crystal products. With this information in mind, every time I pass a shop or a stall that sold crystal products, I have found it extremely easy to to tell simply by examining it close up. One thing that you need to look out for is that some sellers may mix the fake and real crystals together, but once again, if you examine them closely one by one, you can easily tell!
I hope that this information has been useful and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!