The Thing About Crystal

Crystal jewelry is romance.

My mother wore a crystal necklace to her wedding in 1951. So it is forever imprinted on my mind as a symbol of eternal love. What is the magic of crystal?

Most important to its magic is knowing its production. In the 1950s a hazing process was applied to the beads in the production.  It was called Aurora Borealis. Created by the Swarovski Company in the 1950’s hazing added an extra radiance to each bead. The ‘hazing’ process was purely scientific. However, the shimmering result dazzled lackluster consumers with a beautiful fascination.  Aurora Borealis or AB Crystal for short became one of the most popular jewelry materials of the era.

So, why the magic? The spontaneity. On any given moment when the planets align and the light is just right, shades of violet, magenta, amber and aqua spontaneously combust. As a result, unmatched brilliance shimmers on every wearer like magic.

Ok, I’m enchanted. Are you?

50s AB (Aurora Borealis) crystal ranks as one of the most collected vintage jewelry finds. Take a look at this choker.

upcycle design crystal ab choker sequin jacket-the remix vintage fashionUPCYCLED by Doris P. Eagle, the choker is comprised of pieces that have been carefully saved over the years. The magic is that all the pieces are gathered in a new and modern look. An earring which was missing its pair becomes the front cluster. Also, a line of vintage beads drip from at the neck to create modern and whimsical movement.

The magic? Its Versatility. AB Crystal can be worn casually or formally. The luminous quality accents every outfit.


50’s AB Crystal Choker UPCYCLE Design by Doris P. Eagle
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