Swarovski Crystals – 20mm Sapphire AB Crystal Ball Suncatcher
With Exclusive Swarovski Crystal Bead Hanger with Glass Accents
- What is “AB”?
Item # AS20-8550-8594
Here is our most popular prism; a great shape and a winning cut! This gives the most rainbows for its size, because of its 220 facets. That’s new, and up from the previous 118 facets. The more cuts a crystal prism has, the more rainbows you will see when you hang it in a sunny window.
Exclusive Crystal Realm bead hangers are made with Swarovski crystal and glass seed or bugle (1 in. long) beads. Our bead hangers are made in a variety of beading patterns. Please choose the main color you want, and we will choose a beaded strand that complements your crystal beautifully.
This Swarovski crystal prism has the well-respected Swarovski logo laser-etched inside near the top. Swarovski crystal prisms and beads are from Austria. Our bead hangers are strung in California. We assemble them with the crystal prisms in Alameda, New Mexico, U.S.
Allow five working days for your crystal suncatcher to ship.
Please note, the distance between two long lines on our scale represents 5mm (6.4mm = .25 in.).
Faceted crystal ball made in Austria. Bead hanger made by Crystal Realm by hand in the U.S.
What is AB – otherwise known as an Aurora Borealis coating – on a crystal prism?
Austrian crystals, made by Swarovski, are colored in various ways, using different metal oxides. A crystal that is perfectly clear but colored has metal oxides mixed in with the lead and silica when the crystal is created. Examples of metal oxides are gold for red, cobalt for blue, or nickel for light green, violet, or blue. Our sapphire or red hearts or stars are examples.
Very often, a clear or colored crystal is further treated by adding a subtle, extremely fine, colored coating to the crystal. This results from a vacuum process in which the metal oxides are applied to a surface of the crystal, usually the back, or in the case of round prisms, on one portion of them.
A lightly, pastel-colored coating is known as Aurora Borealis, or AB for short. The result is a gorgeous crystal with extra color, sparkle and shine.
In suncatchers, colored crystals will give the same rainbow display that clear crystals give when in the direct sun. Add the AB coating to a clear or colored crystal and the color display will be even more riotous: rainbows and solid swatches of mauve, aqua, orange.