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Jewelry FAQ : Swarovski and Fire-Polished Color Variance
Q: Sometimes there is a slight color difference in the Swarovski crystals or Fire-Polished beads I order; can you tell me why?
A: The Czech glass is a cottage industry, and is handmade in small batches. From time to time the dye lot can vary a bit. Even Swarovski, as nearly perfect as they are, can have slight variations in the color or clarity of their crystal beads. Think of beading like knitting. If you know you will be working on a big project, it is wise to plan ahead and purchase as many of the beads of one color as you will need to complete your project.