Swarovski has changed the formula for Silver Crystal to Lead-Free. Called "Advanced Crystal" TM it includes all figurines.
proprietary, according to Swarovski, "you will find the crystal lighter
in weight, but with the same brilliance, clarity & cut. The new
formula applies to both clear and colored crystal."
According to a Swarovski News Release (Excerpts follow):
"What makes ADVANCED CRYSTAL superior to anything seen before is
Swarovski’s pioneering formula, the result of over a decade of research
into the manufacture of crystal. Created from carefully selected raw
materials using new technologies far beyond mere crystal cutting, the
innovative composition is made without lead*.
From September 15, 2012, the entire SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment will
have transitioned to crystal made with the patented ADVANCED CRYSTAL
formula. So it’s no surprise that ADVANCED CRYSTAL has now been patented
in the US and in 16 European countries......
*Crystal glass and all other materials containing 0.009 % lead or less."
Unfortunately, your precious 'Crystal' is now officially just....... GLASS!
Reprinted From the Crystal Fanatics Club Discussion Board
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