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Lead Crystal Jewelry: Budget Gift Ideas

Updated on April 23, 2017
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Deborah has four daughters, son-in-laws, seven grandchildren and other people for whom she buys gifts. She writes about her best gift ideas

Crystal Jewelry Can Be Elegant and Beautiful- Crystals can be Found in Many Shapes and Colors

Natural crystals, especially those from Australia, can be used to make beautiful, affordable jewelry.  The stone is not as hard as diamonds, but it is durable and much less expensive.
Natural crystals, especially those from Australia, can be used to make beautiful, affordable jewelry. The stone is not as hard as diamonds, but it is durable and much less expensive. | Source

Beautiful Crystal Jewelry at Budget Prices

Beautiful crystal jewelry is a popular fashion accessory for many women. Most women love sparkly diamonds and beautiful gemstone jewelry. However, few of us can afford to own more than a few actual diamonds, usually just our wedding jewelry and, perhaps, a pair of diamond stud earrings. That is why we love the easy availability of budget jewelry which looks like it is made of real diamonds and other gemstones.

Sometimes we choose to wear crystals rather than diamonds, and we can enjoy them just as much. Gorgeous crystals are an affordable substitute for diamonds, and cost a fraction of the price. Crystals can also be quite durable and retain their sparkle for many years. They are ideal for dressy occasions, such as a wedding or a formal social event, when you want to look glamorous without paying the price for expensive gemstones.

When our daughters got married, they all loved the glittery crystal jewelry that we bought for them to wear with their wedding dresses. Although the jewelry wasn't very expensive, our daughters looked like a million dollars! Crystal jewelry is also a wonderful gift to give to your mother, sister, friend or any other special woman you know!

Crystals can be used to adorn either gold or silver jewelry. They can be used on necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and used to create fantastic looking pendants. They are especially ideal as gifts for women, since they allow you to give a gorgeous jewelry gift without spending a fortune.

In addition, they are durable enough that they can last for years and even be passed on to your daughters.

Buy Crystal Pendants and Make Your Own Gifts

Top Plaza 5pcs Natural Amethyst+ Rose Quartz + Tiger Eye+ Green Aventurine + Rock Crystal Healing Point Chakra Pendants for Necklace Jewelry Making
Top Plaza 5pcs Natural Amethyst+ Rose Quartz + Tiger Eye+ Green Aventurine + Rock Crystal Healing Point Chakra Pendants for Necklace Jewelry Making

I have found that an inexpensive gift for my friends is to purchase crystal pendants, add a chain, and you have a simple, lovely gift which they will cherish.

 

Crystal Jewelry is Made of Lead Crystal Cut Glass

The most famous lead crystal jewelry comes from Austria. The oldest company to use this technique is Swarovsky, although there are also other lead crystal jewelry designers, as well. The company has been in business since 1895 when the founder came up with his special technique for making lead crystal jewelry. One of the great-great granddaughters of the founder, Nadja, is still on the executive board of directors of the company.

They specialize in making a range of products from their beautiful, durable lead crystal, including home decor items such as chandeliers and figurines. However, their best known products are the lovely designer jewelry they make.

Their lead crystals are often combined with other precious and semi-precious stones, such as onyx, for a unique look.

Swarovski crystals come in a variety of colors, and then are cut and faceted to meet the needs of their designers. Below you will see an example of one of their creations.

Swarovski Crystal Jewelry is One of My Favorites

Triple-Tier Swarovski Elements Austrian Crystal Stretch Bracelet in Silver Tone
Triple-Tier Swarovski Elements Austrian Crystal Stretch Bracelet in Silver Tone

I own several items of Swarovski jewelry, like the bracelet shown here. I could never afford to have a bracelet like this made from real diamonds. However, I can enjoy all the glitz and glam of owning stunning jewelry which, with care, has lasted me a long time.

 

Unique Crystal Jewelry Pendants

Crystal Jewelry is often created in whimsical designs that are a lot of fun. You can find jewelry that has been molded and used to create beautiful pendants in the shape of hummingbirds, butterflies or other little creatures. Your options are almost limitless.

Crystals may also be used to decorate all kinds of other jewelry items, including rings. They are a delightful substitute for a wide variety of gemstones.

Don't forget that crystals are so inexpensive, you can afford to own stones that are much larger than any diamonds you are likely to have. You can find crystals that are used for engagement rings, cocktail rings, earrings, pendants and many other types of jewelry.

They are available in a wide variety of stores.

Crystals, although not as strong as diamonds, are long-lasting and durable. Because of this, they are a good choice in jewelry you want to keep a long time or pass on to other family members.


Do you enjoy owning diamond or crystal jewelry?

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      With Mother's Day coming soon, this is the perfect time to check out some beautiful choices in affordable, but beautiful, crystal jewelry to give to your dear mother!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      This article keeps grabbing my attention because of the beautiful color of the gem in the main photo. I think purple or some shade there of would be perfectly fine for St. Patrick's Day, don't you? Sharing this again as we get down to the line, only 2 weeks left before St. Patrick's Day . . .

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      All of the choices here would be perfect for Valentine's Day ... and it isn't too late to order them!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to give this another view. Lots of beautiful suggestions here for Valentine's Day and it's this Saturday! I'm sure anything here could be mailed express, so there's still time for anyone who's been procrastinating . . .

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Crystals are natural stones and look like diamonds. They are the perfect affordable gift for many special occasions!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Crystals are so pretty and the ones shown here are beautiful. Perfect gifts for Valentine's Day if anyone is wondering what to give a special lady.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      These necklaces are pretty and affordable. They are a perfect solution for someone who wants something feminine, without spending a fortune.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I love Swarovski crystal jewelry. It is so pretty, yet reasonably priced!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Love Swarovski crystals. I used to have a butterfly mobile with them. I like to hang them in sunny windows where they make rainbows.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      @tazzytamar: The butterfly is one of my favorite pieces, too.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      They're all beautiful - I adore the butterfly!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you for your helpful comments about my lens. Crystal jewelry can be delightful to own and wear!

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      neotony 4 years ago

      i like both.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely crystal jewelry collection. well presented lens.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @neotony: I love crystal jewelry, too!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: I love to wear crystal jewelry. It looks beautiful, but is very affordable.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I actually like both.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: Thank you. I enjoy nice crystal jewelry often, since I could never afford this many real diamonds!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I would love to have both, a few pieces of each is good. I love your cover photo, they are gorgeous.

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      dotcomdiva 4 years ago

      Love my bling...and would rather have a lot of the crystal jewelry than just a few pieces of real gemstone jewelry that I worry about losing or damaging. Gorgeous lens you've put together, thank you!

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      great gift ideas

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Yes, I love sparkly jewellery! Nice selection here.

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      Escapes2 4 years ago

      Great budget friendly gift ideas.