[Last updated: 03/2019]
Choosing the right color for your jewelry, fashion or any other design or project isn’t always easy. Especially if you are working with Swarovski crystals you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the number of available cuts, shapes, colors, and effects. In order to make your life easier, in this article, we are showing you how to choose the perfect color each time by gaining a better understanding of Swarovski color variations and by using Swarovski Color Charts.
Swarovski Color Charts give you an overview of available colors and effects for a certain product or product group. They come in digital and physical format. As a Swarovski authorized wholesaler, we’ve been sending out printed color charts to our customers each time they order Swarovski crystals from us. But even if you aren’t our customer, you can still download them here and have them with you all the time. In case a pdf-file or paper isn’t enough for you, you can order a physical one. By “physical” we mean a plastic color chart set with real stones in all available colors for a particular Swarovski product. Some of these physical color charts show you also all other available shapes and/or sizes within the product line.
All digital color charts are being regularly updated with new colors/effects with Swarovski spring/summer and fall/winter innovations.
Please bear in mind that colors and effects vary according to the source of illumination. For consistency, Swarovski uses standard light source D50 for color comparisons. Therefore, digital (as well as printed) color charts serve only as a guide and we always advise our customers to get physical color charts, as those offer the most realistic, true-to-color experience.
Understanding Swarovski Color Variations
Everyone who has ever heard about Swarovski crystals probably knows that nothing can outshine their sparkle. Nowadays there is plenty of cheap crystals everywhere, but Swarovski crystals create a stunning effect by reflecting and refracting the light like no other brand on the market. This stunning brilliance comes as a result of the intensity of the base crystal color and various coatings (a.k.a. “effects”).
Each Swarovski crystal color and effect has its unique name and code. For example, 001 Crystal, 296 Majestic Blue, 257 Blush Rose, etc., as a base color name. Effect names have additional letter codes indicating the type of effect that has been applied. For example, 001 GSHA (Crystal Golden Shadow), 001 AB (Crystal AB), etc. Both colors and effects are arranged in spectrum order, beginning with the lightest shade (001 Crystal) and running through the entire color palette to the darkest one (280 Jet). Each color chart also provides an alphabetical and a numerical list of the colors and effects available across the product range.
Swarovski Color Charts Across 5 Main Product Groups
1. Swarovski Round Stones (a.k.a. Chatons)
Round Stones are loose crystal elements with a pointed back. There are more than 10 cuts available, with the color options varying with the cut and size. Most often they are being used for jewelry design, but many fashion designers also use them for textile embellishment by sewing them on the garment with an appropriate sew-on setting. You can order the physical color chart for this product group or download a digital one.
Flat Backs No Hotfix are loose crystal elements with a flat back, as the name already indicates. They come in 60 different shapes and more than 150 colors. With an appropriate glue, you can use these crystals to embellish almost anything you want: from nail art and textile to home decor objects and all other items of everyday use. Flat Backs no HF physical color chart shows you not only available colors, but also all different shapes they come in (round, geometric, flower-, star-, moon-shaped, etc.).
3. Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix
Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix are loose crystal elements with a flat reverse side that has been pre-coated with a heat sensitive glue. You can easily apply these crystals by using a hotfix applicator, a heat press or a household iron. Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix will create a durable and long-lasting crystal effect on a garment of your choice.
4. Swarovski Crystal Beads
From the classic round beads over hexagon and letter beads to special shapes like skull, heart, star, flower, and butterfly – Swarovski has it all. Swarovski Crystal Beads range will definitely satisfy all your needs. Initially meant for jewelry, these beads are now even more popular among fashion designers who use them for stunning beading work. The most popular cut in this category is Swarovski 5328 Bicone Bead which comes in more than 200 color variations.
5. Swarovski Crystal Pearls
Swarovski Crystal Pearls are perfect replicas of genuine pearls. They are made of a unique crystal core covered with an innovative coating. This coating creates a silky smooth, rounded surface. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Apart from a standard crystal pearls color chart, we can also offer you a Crystal Pearls Color Tool. It’s a handy tool showing you available pearl colors, shapes and sizes. It takes very little space and you can have it always with you, where ever you go.
You can also always order a standard, physical color chart or check out available colors using the digital one.
Other Swarovski Product Groups
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1. Swarovski Fancy Stones – 2019
2. Swarovski Pendants – 2019
We hope we have helped you with this article to gain a better understanding of Swarovski Crystal colors. Keep in mind that colors always vary with the cut/shape and size. Apart from standard colors, there are also Swarovski special production colors, colors going out of production etc. If you want a particular Swarovski crystal in a particular size and color, read this post about our special coating service.
What is your favorite Swarovski color and/or effect?