About Austrian Crystals
With Austrian or Swarovski crystal, anyone can enjoy the sparkling beauty of precious gems without paying a high price. Austrian crystal is a favorite of collectors for its resemblance to precious stones. The facets on Austrian crystal necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and others pieces are cut so precisely that they look just like diamonds, amethysts, periods, or other gems. Austrian crystal is a type of leaded glass. Leaded glass was invented in England in 1676 by George Ravenscroft. Daniel Swarovski developed an automatic crystal-cutting machine to make Austrian crystal while living in the Czech Republic in 1892. Then he moved his company to Wattens, Austria in 1895. Swarovski's techniques are not patented, and many other Austrian companies make quality crystal. Austria's Crystal World Museum is one of the most popular attractions in the country. You can use the reliable sellers on eBay to find a great deal on beautiful Austrian crystal jewelry.