Swarovski has changed the formula for Silver Crystal to Lead-Free. Called “Advanced Crystal” TM it includes all figurines.
Patented and proprietary, according to Swarovski, “you will find the crystal lighter in weight, but with the same brilliance, clarity & cut. The new formula applies to both clear and colored crystal.”
According to a Swarovski News Release (Excerpts follow):
“What makes ADVANCED CRYSTAL superior to anything seen before is Swarovski’s pioneering formula, the result of over a decade of research into the manufacture of crystal. Created from carefully selected raw materials using new technologies far beyond mere crystal cutting, the innovative composition is made without lead*.
From September 15, 2012, the entire SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment will have transitioned to crystal made with the patented ADVANCED CRYSTAL formula. So it’s no surprise that ADVANCED CRYSTAL has now been patented in the US and in 16 European countries……
*Crystal glass and all other materials containing 0.009 % lead or less.”
We don’t know how long it will take for Swarovski to use up its inventory for previous crystal issues made with lead, but
Unfortunately, your precious ‘Crystal’ is now officially just……. GLASS!
And, we’re wondering If this will make the products manufactured, over these many years, with lead crystal any more valuable on the Secondary Market! ??
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