When buying either Swarovski or Preciosa hotfix crystals, you will always see the crystal size in terms of SS.
What is SS?
SS stands for Stone Size. By looking at SS, some people will have no ideas on the actual crystal size. You may convert SS to millimeter by using the table below so that you may have an idea on how big is the crystal.
The table below shows the conversion between SS to millimeter for the common size of Swarovski & Preciosa Hotfix Crystal.
|Stone Size (SS)
||1.50 – 1.70
||1.70 – 1.90
||1.90 – 2.10
||2.10 – 2.30
||2.30 – 2.50
||2.50 – 2.70
||2.70 – 2.90
||3.00 – 3.20
||3.80 – 4.00
||4.60 – 4.80
||6.30 – 6.50
||7.00 – 7.30
||8.35 – 8.65
||10.95 – 11.25
By the way, the above table is also suitable for non-hotfix Swarovski and Preciosa crystal.
In the previous post, we compare the appearance in between Crystal Color & Crystal AB of Swarovski, Preciosa & Imitation hotfix crystals. To recap we take a photo with about 14 times magnification. It does show the different between them. Swarovski clearly more sparkling & shining than Preciosa. Both of them far better than Imitation hotfix crystal.
This time we decide to compare colored hotfix crystals. In hand we have SS20 Light Amethyst hotfix crystals for each Swarovski, Preciosa & Imitation hotfix crystals.
From our naked eye, we can’t see the different in between Swarovski & Preciosa but easily differentiate the imitation crystal due to poor surface finishing & sparking.
In a similar set-up, we take a photo all three crystal sitting side by side with about 14 times magnification. This time we manage to get a better lighting setting, so the photo are more subtle. You which you can see below,
Before jumping to any conclusion, we need to point out that the color for Light Amethyst Preciosa hotfix crystal is a little bit darker than Swarovski & Imitation to avoid misjudgment. You can see it clearly in the photo above.
By comparing Swarovski & Preciosa, it is very hard to find any different between them. Both of them, the cuttings are precise & sparkle. It is worth using Preciosa crystal as you only have to pay a fraction of Swarovski price.
However, for the imitation hotfix crystal, you can see clearly the cutting & surface finishing are poor. The crystal not sparkling as good as Preciosa or Swarovski.
Both Swarovski and Preciosa crystals are available at Zianit Crystal shop.