In 1892 Daniel Swarovski invented a precise crystal cutting machine which, coupled with a secret formula, allowed him to produce high quality lead glass gems. Such gems are extremely sparkly and brighten up any jewellery piece, which is why I like to use them in many of my projects!
Swarovski crystal beads can be quite pricey unless you buy them quite heavily in bulk. I have shopped around for ages to find a reputable UK supplier at the best price – and I have now narrowed my search down to two suppliers. These are both online bead suppliers which means they can offer their stock at competitive prices. I continue to use them for all of my Swarovski beading needs!
This is where I buy Swarovski crystal beads from:
This is a family run business, based in the North of England. They have an excellent selection of Swarovski crystals in many colours, shapes and sizes and importantly, at great prices. The customer service is really good and the delivery is quick.
They are a wholesale as well as retail supplier. The Swarovski crystals range is very good and it’s worth buying in bulk on this site to take advantage of a nice discount. I have found this supplier to be very reliable and if you’re looking to buy jewellery findings, they also have a great stock at reasonable prices so you can shop all in one place.
Ebay, of course, has many bead suppliers selling Swarovski crystals at competitive prices. If you have the time to shop around and buy different beads from different suppliers on Ebay, it might be worth doing so – but look out for fake gems, particularly from the Far East and be mindful of postage costs adding up. You can spot a fake Swarovski crystal bead because it will have blemishes or edges which aren’t perfect. The only trouble is that you will only find out once you receive and examine the beads!
So, if you’re looking for where to buy Swarovski crystal beads in the UK, I believe that between these two online suppliers above, you can get more or less any colours, sizes and shapes of Swarovski crystal beads that you need without breaking the bank.
If you know of any other bead suppliers who are really competitive on price for Swarovski crystal beads, please add your comment below!