By Lorraine Sanderson, Burning Gecko
Swarovski® is a name that is associated with high-quality crystal beads and high-end jewellery, that almost everyone interested in jewellery will have heard of. There are many suppliers selling crystal which may really be acrylic, glass or plastic – but Swarovski® is a brand that makes their stones from the purest raw material, and it comes with high expectations.
Below is a Swarovski jewellery review of some of the newer additions to Cooksongold’s range. A set of pear-shaped gemstones that are available in aquamarine, ruby, crystal AB, crystal and jet colours – each supplied in packs of two.
Swarovski® jewellery review – pear shaped pendants
These Swarovski® pear-shaped pendants come with the clarity and perfection of a very expensive, natural gem equivalent, and measure 16mm x 10mm (approximately). The effective faceting on both sides allows the light to shine through, while giving off a bright sparkle that comes with the natural movement of wearing them. The facets are not rough or too angular making them comfortable to touch and wear, particularly useful if you are a ‘twiddler’ of your jewellery.
The front and back of the pendants are identical and have a slight “puffy” shape, while the outer edges of the beads have a very smooth, flat 1mm (approximately) side – which could be used as a seat for some D-shaped wire to edge the crystal and give the appearance of a bezel setting. The drill hole is at the top of the pear shape and goes from front to back, so you can easily thread 1mm wire through and still have enough space for natural movement of the crystal. The ability to thread 1mm wire through a drill hole is quite unusual and will give lots of potential to use as a focus in an intricate wire wrap, all while knowing you have the security of your Swarovski® crystal pendant being anchored by the drill hole.
How to wear your Swarovski® crystal pendant
If keeping it simple is your style, the front to back drill hole means that fitting a jump ring will automatically give you the position that you require for threading a chain through, and your Swarovski® necklace pendant will be facing in the correct direction. Another beautiful way these pear-shaped pendants can be displayed is by using a briolette wrap at the top (shown below). This will hide the drill hole but allow the rounded bottom of the pear to dance with the light.
These shapes are ideal to use in clusters of five to make a beautiful, stylised flower. Five of the pear-shaped gemstones can be threaded onto a piece of wire, formed into a circle with the petals facing up, and then the ends of the wire curled or swirled to form the centre of the flower. The colour featured below is the ruby red shade, used as part of a tutorial to make a copper brooch. Because of the way the light dances off the facets, these Swarovski® pear-shaped pendants would also look stunning in a sun catcher hanging in the window.
Finally, for most, the colour of these little beauties is the main attraction. From aquamarine, to deeper blues, blush pinks and sparkling whites – the options are endless. And a minor point, but one that really appeals, is that the Swarovski® crystal beads feel cold to touch initially, just like a natural gemstone.
The stunning pear-shaped gemstones are part of the range of Swarovski® Crystal pendants available at Cooksongold. Why not explore our full selection and get creative?