What's the best alternative to Swarovski?

I want to cover a dress in crystals, but that many Swarovskis are too pricey, so what's the best alternative at a lower price?

Glass or resin?

What is it I need to look for, I'm clueless!

1 Answer

  • 4 years ago

    You can get Czech Superior cut crystal beads. They are almost indistinguisable from Swarovski, but are less pricey. Even cheaper are fire polished glass beads, they have softer edges and less shine, but are very affordable.

    I wouldn't recommed resin, it won't have the same lustre.

    Remember that glass beads in large amounts are heavy, so you need to take this into consideration when planning your dress, material choice etc.

    Source(s): I'm a jewellery artist and former bead shop owner. :)
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