Each season Swarovski launches new crystal cuts. You might think that after more than 120 years of making cut stones they would run short of ideas but no, every year they dazzle us with brilliant shapes and colors. The sheer variety of available Swarovski stones can be a bit overwhelming so, to help you get an idea of the options, we’ve created a brief guide to understanding (some of) the different Swarovski crystal cuts.
This simple shape is self-explanatory, but trust the Austrian crystal wizards to make even squares sparkle. Swarovski square-cut stones have a flat top, facets at the edges, and have a silver foil backing that enhances their reflectivity, so you shine even brighter. They come in a range of sizes and are a great shape for creating geometrical patterns.
Also known as a teardrop shape, the pear offers an eye-catching drop of shimmer wherever it lands. The precision-cut facets ensure pears twinkle from every angle and, like the square, it comes with foil backing to boost its light-reflecting properties. You can use these to create a striking cascade effect on costumes or clothing.
When it’s time for something big and bold, break out the baguettes. Not the skinny French bread but the rectangular loaf-shaped Swarovski stones bevelled to create a perfect blend of sparkle and statement. They have a larger surface so are great for delineating patterns of smaller crystals.
This elegant cut dates back almost to the beginning of the Swarovski story. A briolette is an elongated pear-shaped gemstone cut with fine facets. It was popular with Victorian royalty and jewellery makers as the cut demands a large stone, so it was perfect for showing off enormous precious stones. Today, Swarovski briolettes make eye-catching focal points on costumes or superb pendants for necklaces or earrings.
Flame flat back
Trust the creative minds at Swarovski to add an extra layer of magic to a classic cut. The Flame is a teardrop shape with a twist. It has a unique multi-layer cut so instead of a single level of shimmer you get a vivid, ever-flickering sparkle that radiates like a candle flame. Use this to let your inner fire shine.
This is a need-to-know name that is available in flat backs, hearts, pear shape and more. Xilion refers to the cut, which is of course patented by Swarovski. Its extraordinary sparkle comes from being densely packed with facets, which are cut alternately large and small. This increases the overall surface of the stone so it reflects even more light.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Xirius Rose is for everyone. Swarovski left nothing to chance when it set out to make a gem stone that was as similar as possible to a real diamond. They cut over 10,000 prototypes, of which 13 were carefully tested by their expert team. Finally, they narrowed it down to the most brilliant of all. Sure enough, when they tested this cut it turned out to have the best light-point distribution of all the stones. Science proved what they saw: the most scintillating Swarovski crystal yet. For an unforgettable look and ultimate radiance, deck yourself in Xirius Rose.
This is just a brief overview to some of the most popular Swarovski stones. Chances are, if you can picture a shape, colour, or style, the crystal experts at Swarovski have already created it. Here are Jaeger Crystals we’re proud to have a vast range of crystals for every occasion. Let us help you shine!