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Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America

Craft and Hobby Association

Swarovski Strass & Spectra

Strass is the original full lead crystal range and has the most variety. Most of these items will also include a small laser engraved trademark in the shape similar to a trapezoid close to the hole. The location of this mark is often indicated in the drawings by a red dot. Note that only newer and clear coloured items are marked. Strass items are also coated with a substance that repels dust and reduces watermarks.

 

The "Spectra" range is made of optical glass. Although not confirmed by Swarovski, it is assumed that a limited range of designs are produced to combat the development of cheaper alternatives offered by other producers. Spectrum is almost half as expensive as Strass.

Swarovski has adopted a policy of phasing out designs that were not protected by copyright laws and replaced or created new items in the Strass range that are copyright protected.

To most, there is no significant difference in the quality of cut or spectrum of light produced between both groups. We have identified the difference of these items by the starting number of the code with Strass items starting with an 8, and the Spectra items starting with a 9. We also often refer to the Spectra items in the description as being of “alternative Quality”

Flute
Flute
Heart
Heart
Leaf
Leaf
Moon
Moon
Octagon
Octagon
Snowflake
Snowflake
Star
Star
Sun
Sun
Sunburst
Sunburst
Turtleback
Turtleback
Sphere
Sphere
Diamond
Diamond
Comet
Comet
Arrowhead
Arrowhead
Wide Teardrop
Wide Teardrop
Raindrop
Raindrop
Teardrop Style 8721
Teardrop Style 8721
Teardrop Style 8731
Teardrop Style 8731
Icicle Style 8601
Icicle Style 8601
Icicle Style 8621
Icicle Style 8621
Icicle Style 8611
Icicle Style 8611