Bold, colorful with cultural flair. This necklace features large round carved beads with exotic floral designs alternating with petite multi colored beads. The strand complements the bold openwork cross shaped drop decorated with multi colored beads and crystals.
FAITH (fashion accessories in the home) jewelry is made in the U.S.A. by hand, using only the finest materials from around the world; including stunning crystals and fine European glass jewels and beads. The Faces of FAITH hail from all around the globe. Many were refugees, these ladies have no country to call home and many have escaped under dire circumstances. For many, they have only known the terror of living in mortal fear as a daily reality. Life changing events take place when these ladies become FAITH artisans and build some of the most colorful and exciting fashion jewelry in the world. You'll find the perfect combination of sparkle and intense bold color. With everything from intricately designed crosses to trend setting accent pieces, this collection is sure to make every outfit a memorable one.
How are created or simulated gemstones different from natural gemstones? Natural gems are created by the forces of nature and must be discovered, usually by digging in the ground or sifting through a riverbed. When these stones are created in a laboratory, they are called created, simulated or synthetic gemstones.
The purpose of creating gemstones in a laboratory isn’t necessarily to reduce the cost, but also to produce larger, more perfectly consistent stones. Created or simulated gems can be made of any material. Synthetic gems, however, share virtually all chemical, optical and physical characteristics of their natural mineral counterparts.
Austrian crystals: These are known for their excellent reflective quality and prismatic brilliance. This man-made crystal is created using natural minerals and quartz sand, which are then heated and slowly cooled using a process similar to that of creating hand-blown glass. This process creates an end product that can be fashioned into a beautiful crystal.
A special machine is used to create a highly faceted crystal. The crystals are cut in various directions, which allows for excellent light refraction, exceptional brilliance and unsurpassed color quality at an affordable price.
Today Swarovski® is one of the largest suppliers of high-end crystals. In the late 1800s, Daniel Swarovski invented a machine to cut crystal with extreme precision. He patented his technique and to this day, only select Swarovski family members and employees have unrestricted access to the production facility that creates these crystals. They are used to decorate everything from stilettos and sculptures, to chandeliers, jewelry and clothing.