This is the only stitch I ever consider, and it's executed with beading wire, not thread. Primarily, I use top-drilled bicones (6mm 8mm).
To date, I've found these to be the most delicate of the Crystallized Elements, because of the small amount of crystal left at the top of the bead over the hole. It can break away quite easily.
I'm sorry the borosilicate clasp is no longer available, as it has proved most durable and adds to the piece.
Loved the zipper bracelet so have gone on to do it in more crystal colors. This bicome pendant worked wonderfully in the bracelet.
Excellent quality. Easy to use. Great product from Swarovski.