Austrian Crystals, and we always use Swarovski, are man-made gems made created in Austria using quartz, sand and minerals. Exquisite, high quality lead glass crystals, Austria has been world renowned for these gems for over 100 years. The crystals are cut using hydro-electricity - a technique Daniel Swarovski patented. This allows the crystals to be cut more precisely than by hand.
Murano Glass Beads and Pendants
Beautiful glass beads and pendants have been handmade on the Venetian island of Murano, Italy for hundreds of years. Many of our Murano pieces are created using 24 kt foil within the glass. We find them at bead shows and also bring some back from Italy.
Austrian Crystal Pearls
Austrian Crystal pearls are actually crystals covered in a signature pearl coating with an incredible luster. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Their crystal core gives them a realistic weight, and they will warm to your skin like natural pearls.
Dichroic glass displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions. It is made by stacking layers of glass and metals to give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view.
Much of the diochroic glass used at FK Bijou comes from Vermont glass artisan Gail Lacy.
Gold and Sterling Silver Wire and Other Materials
FK Bijou's spectacular pieces are also created using 24 kt gold filled wire, sterling silver wire and various superior quality glass and wood beads that we find at bead and jewelry shows.