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About Crystal Necklaces

Crystal necklaces add sparkle to a wide variety of outfits and show up well in places with low lighting, like restaurants and clubs. Manufacturers use several different types of beautiful crystal in jewelry. Quartz, also called rock crystal, is the naturally occurring form and is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Diamonds are the hardest stone with a rating of 10. Impurities turn quartz into other semiprecious stones, like amethyst, rose quartz, smoky quartz, and citrine. They look great in their natural form, as six-sided crystals, or cut into a more brilliant shape. Rhinestones were originally rock crystals gathered from the Rhine River in Austria and Germany. They were also called Austrian crystals. When the natural supply ran out, people made synthetic versions from leaded glass. The lead in these crystals is not harmful because it is all sealed inside of the necklace or pendant. The Swarovski Company was founded in 1865 and its crystal is still the most popular rhinestone in the world, which can be clear, blue, green, red, purple, or even iridescent. You can use the reliable sellers on eBay to build your own collection of stylish crystal necklaces in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.