How do the two compare?
The easiest way to view the differences between Swarovski crystals and Swarovski Zirconia is that the latter is an upgrade of the former. Both materials are made with the intention of offering a budget-friendly substitute of real diamonds and both do a great job of it but Swarovski Zirconia simply does it a tad better.
In 2012 Swarovski decided to make the move from lead to lead-free crystals. It was a tricky transition given that it was the lead that made them crystals and not just glass. However, due to various corporate, social, and economic reasons, Swarovski tinkered with the composition of the glass they were using so that their “Advanced crystals” can retain the same visual and optical characteristics of the classical Swarovski crystals without containing any lead.
The only noticeable difference between the Advanced Swarovski crystals and the classic Swarovski crystals is that the newer versions are about 15-20% lighter in weight.
What is Swarovski Zirconia worth?
Swarovski Zirconia is noticeably more expensive than the standard Swarovski crystals but it’s also still much cheaper than authentic diamonds. Considering that it’s such a perfect imitation of even the best-cut diamonds, however, one might say that Swarovski Zirconia is not only worth every penny but is also worth more even just for being one of the first man-made diamond imitation to come so close to the real thing.
That, together with the Swarovski brand makes Swarovski Zirconia a prestigious gemstone in and of itself and not just a cheap substitute like all the sub-par diamond imitations on the market.
Is Swarovski crystal Zirconia?
Which is better crystal or Zirconia?