My bride fell in love with a veil at the boutique that was over $200. When she went to purchase it, I subtly shook my head to let her know to wait. Outside the store, I told her, "I could make that veil for less than half the cost!" Then, I started shopping for the Swarovski crystals (this one and others). I was surprised at how expensive they could be, and started to look at glass beads to make the veil even more cost effective. How excited I was to find ALL the Swarovski crystals I needed were on sale at Artbeads.com during the Labor day weekend! Costing me a total of $10.00 more than it would have to purchase the glass beads, I decided that the crystals were too beautiful to pass up! I wasn't disappointed! the veil is looking beautiful (and exactly like the boutique's, I might add)! So thankful for Artbeads.com prices AND wonderful customer service (this bead was exchanged from a different size... easy exchange... fast credit to my account!)
These beads are a winner in many different ways. Their shape is more distinctive than bicones and reflect more light. They serve well as accent beads on either side of a focal bead. I have even made necklaces using these as the main bead for the string and the effect is sparkly, angular and unique. I wish they came in more colors and sizes.
I love these beads, they work great as spacers in some jewelry.