Some people are born with a magpie gene. I was going to say women, but that would be untrue, there are all sorts of non gender specific sparkly things available these days. Watches, cufflinks, tie clips, right down to mobile phone covers and the more traditional necklaces, rings and bracelets.
Original crystal is more accurately know as Lead Crystal. It is now rare due to the health risks of high lead content to us. The addition of lead oxide to glass raises its refractive index and lowers its working temperature and viscosity (think thick and gluggy). The attractive optical properties (pretty sparkly things!) of lead glass result from the high content of the heavy metal lead. Lead-free crystal has a similar refractive index to lead crystal, but it is lighter and it has less dispersive power.
To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or “AB”, is one of the most popular coatings (and my absolute favourite), gives the surface a rainbow appearance.
|Wearing it all for Burlesque in Te Awamutu|
I was super lucky last week to get invited to the Swarovski Crystal Sale… When they do a sale they don’t do it by halves! It took almost an hour to queue up to get into the building, the head office in Mirangi Bay. Once in it was a sea of blue boxes and iridescent and twinkly pieces of all shapes sizes! I truly didn’t know where to start, I was in Magpie gene – Heaven!
I ended up coming away with way more than I anticipated, and I don’t regret it for a second, even if it means an increase in insurance premiums!
|Jewels at NZ Fashion Week – Emily of Little Black Box|
|Kaji Jewellery, Nick von K and vintage!|
Next jewellery update from me will be later on this week after the new Nick von K line launch… Shhhhhhhhh