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Glossary of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Austrian Crystal Terms

Are you confused by some of the terminology associated with Swarovski crystal? Review this list of words that are commonly used when referring to Swarovski. If there is another term you would like to see here that is not listed below, please contact customer service at 1.866.715.BEAD (2323) or, and we will include it!

AB Finish AB Finish is Swarovski's most popular crystal coating. It creates a semi-iridescent effect much like a rainbow.
Article # Swarovski organizes their huge collection of items with Article numbers. This makes them much easier to find when navigating our store. You can tell at a glance that all faceted bicones are in the 5301 section or that all the cosmic flatbacks are in the 2520 section.
Create Your Style Create Your Style is an exclusive program that only a select few of Swarovski's™ vendors are allowed in. We've been honored by being asked to join this program which means that we can bring you all the exclusive content and Swarovski's™ quality guarantee that goes with it.
Crystal-It These fun patterns allow you to easily decorate birthday cards, project boards, scrapbooks and so much more; just apply heat. With self-adhesive glue specifically design for paper and cardstock, it'll form the strongest bond possible for long lasting designs.
Finishes Swarovski often applies various finishes to it's crystal beads to produce many wonderful effects. Some examples are, AB, Golden Shadow, Silver Shade and many more.
Flatback Flatbacks are some of our most popular sellers. These little gems are flat on one side with a brilliant cut on the other. This allows you to glue them to almost anything under the sun. Go wild and embellish your life!
Hotfix Hotfix is a term used to describe Swarovski flatbacks that have a special glue on the back of them. The glue is normal dry and solid to the touch, but when heat is applied through a Hotfix applicator or an iron then the glue melts an adheres to your jewelry or craft project.
Innovations Twice a year Swarovski releases it's new colors and styles. These launches are known as Innovations. We strive to be the first to bring you Swarovski's latest creations. Check back often so you don't miss these fabulous treasures.
Iron-On Transfers With all the crystal flatbacks in a preset design, it's easier than ever to embellish your clothing and accessories. These use only hotfix rhinestones so all you need is an iron and your design will be complete in seconds.
Pointedback These are essentially the opposite of flatbacks. They have no holes and so shouldn't be used for stringing however they are great for wire-wrapping and 3D scrapbooking. Their brilliant facets make them irresistible.

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