Thursday, July 14, 2011

1000 crystals

Someone referred me to a seller on eBay who was selling "Swarovski crystals" very cheaply. I went to the site, and when I saw they were coming from China, I had no illusions. I knew they would be fakes. But it was only $11.00 for 1000 crystals! When I go to the bead store, I get 24 crystals for $3.00. I just hoped they would be pretty.

I ordered, and then I waited. I don't know why, I guess because I've never bought 1000 crystals before, but I thought I would be getting a big package in the mail. So when I got a tiny envelope in the mail from China today I thought, "This is my 1000 crystals?"

But it was! 1000 crystals really doesn't take up that much space. Of course, I had to compare them under my magnifying glass with some crystals I have here that are real Swarovski. Just to see how much difference there was, and if I had gotten ripped off for $11.00. The ones I received are just slightly longer and have wider holes. Other than that, I can't complain. They are just as colorful and sparkly as the real thing! They are well-cut and have smooth facets and holes.

I took a picture, but the light is really glaring on the plastic of the packages. This is what 1000 crystals looks like:

It doesn't look like a lot, does it? But each package has 50 in it. There really are 1000 there.

I can't wait to use them! I love crystals, but I hardly ever buy them because they're so expensive. Well, Mr. K. in China now has a new customer!



Halinka said...

Now You have got motivation for beading!
Thousadn crystals,even if they're made in China-this is it!
Despite not being the original Swarovski-I feel ,You're glad to have them-who wouldn't,if they look so nice-can be used to the best jewels in the world!
Warm Hugs-Halinka-

Mandy said...

I'm still waiting for mine!!! I got 400 for a penny plus $4.95 shipping from China. I can't wait to see what they look like!