How to tell if Swarovski crystal is genuine.
Take care when purchasing a crystal chandelier which is
purportedly Swarovski Crystal.
Because the brand name of Swarovski is so well known, there
are many disreputable dealers that will try to pass off another quality of
crystal as Swarovski. Buying over the internet can be particularly risky.
Remember that a Guarantee is only as good as the company that backs it up.
If you have purchased a chandelier that was represented as
Swarovski crystal and you want to be sure, Classic Lighting will be happy to
authenticate it for you.
It may be possible to
determine if a crystal is fake with just a high quality close-up of the crystal
that clearly shows the cuts. However, with just a photo we will not be able to
confirm that it is definitely authentic.
To get a more accurate determination of authenticity, just
send us a couple of pieces of crystal from your chandelier along with copies of
the sales receipt and any brochures or documentation that indicates that the
crystal is Swarovski. It is best to send a couple of different shapes and sizes
of crystal as some vendors may put a few genuine components but fakes for the
others. There is no charge for this service.
Make sure to individually wrap the crystal and pack it well
as we cannot be responsible for damages.
How to make sure you are getting Swarovski crystal as advertised.
- Check for laser logo: If you are
purchasing Swarovski Strass Crystal it is easy to tell if it is authentic
as there is a laser etched trapezoid logo inside the crystal. If the
crystal is the highest quality Swarovski, vendors will always state that
it is Swarovski Strass. Strass is the 30% lead crystal that is known as
the best in the world. If they simply state Swarovski crystal, then it
usually is the Swarovski Spectra brand of crystal which is Swarovski's
non-lead crystal. Spectra is less expensive than the Strass so when you compare
prices make sure you consider the brand (Strass vs Spectra).
- Check for Swarovski Official Tags: Manufacturers
who are authorized to use Swarovski crystal components in their
chandeliers will include tags printed by Swarovski.
Samples: Before purchasing a crystal chandelier over the internet,
especially an expensive one, there should be no reason why you can't ask
to buy some sample crystals. If the vendor is claiming to be a
manufacturer, then they will have extra components in stock. They may have
to charge you a fairly high price to cover the extra effort in handling
the parts request, but the peace of mind is worth it. If they are a
reseller they may not have extra parts and not want to "kill" a fixture by
robbing a part. Of course you will have to compare the crystal received
with the chandelier to the original samples. To order samples of our
crystal go to our website at the Crystal Pars/Accessories category under
our closeout offerings: http://www.classiclightingusa.com/osc/index.php?cPath=42&osCsid=268f43b6987a3aafbd918edae1decbd6
- Trust but
Verify: Check your crystal BEFORE you hang your chandelier. Remember
that a "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" does not mean that the crystal you
will receive will be authentic. Companies will ship fakes in hopes that
you will not know the difference or that you say Oh well, it may not be
Swarovski, but it looks good and the effort to take the fixture down and
send it back is too much trouble. Never accept less than you were
- If the price
is too good to be true, then it probably is: If the price for the
chandelier was a lot lower than the prices from your local showroom or
from other vendors of comparable product then there is a good chance it is
fake. If you purchase a chandelier and you did in fact receive
non-Swarovski crystal, then the best solution is to demand a replacement
crystal trim set in authentic Swarovski crystal as advertised. In many
cases this means you will get a great deal and the cheater will be
penalized by having to supply the Swarovski crystal at below their cost.
If they cannot provide genuine Swarovski crystal then insist that they pay
freight both ways with no restocking fees and any out of pocket costs to
you like electrician costs. You should not be limited to their normal
return policies if you can show that they attempted to defraud you.
We recommed dealing with a local showroom; however, If you
have any questions or concerns, always feel free to call us (800) 881-4567 or
Classic Lighting and we will be happy to talk you through
the in's and out's of crystal chandeliers.
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