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!