Everyone knows that the best friends of the girls - these are diamonds. But not everyone can afford to buy real gems. But thanks to the invention of Daniel Swarovski, appeared on the market the gemstones of crystal, which were very similar to diamonds - Swarovski crystals. The price for them is much lower than for real diamonds. However, externally they are almost indistinguishable.
The crystals are often called rhinestones or zirconia. This name went in the name of the jeweler George Strass, who lived in the eighteenth century and was known to masterfully forge the diamonds.
And yet, what are the Swarovski crystals made of? Crystal. Today, the company is a world leader in the production of high-quality crystal. In the collections of the brand are more than 100,000 types of stones in a variety of shapes. Swarovski patented a special cut of stones with many side faces (7 narrow and 7 wide).
The highlight and feature of the Swarovski stones is the material itself: absolutely transparent and high-quality crystal. An exact composition of these crystals is unknown, as it is kept top secret. This conspiracy around the production is understandable.
Swarovski crystals have long been used by world famous people, brands and fashion houses. So in the mid-50s Christian Dior, who was convinced of the quality of crystals, invited Swarovski to develop his own jewelry collection. As a result of this collaboration, the crystals "Fireball" and "Drift Emerald" were created.
In 1961, the famous Marilyn Monroe asked the designer Jean Louis to create an exclusive dress to appear in on President John Kennedy's birthday. Marilyn arrived on the scene in a thin transparent dress with 6,000 rhinestones.
In the 80s, the stage costumes of world stars such as Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and Brian Ferry were also decorated with Swarovski rhinestones.
In 2009, the company's jewelers created a large crystal star "The Swarovski Star" for the Christmas tree in New York. This decoration weighed 250 kilograms and contained 25,000 crystal plates.
In 2011, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton featured a chic MiniCooper whose roof was sprinkled with 300,000 Swarovski crystals in the shape of the British flag .
In 2013, during Rihanna's "Diamonds" world tour, the singer's stage outfits were richly decorated with Swarovski crystals.