What The Heck Swarovski?

100_3330As you may or may not know, Swarovski decided this year to eliminate several of its colors and crystal beads, which include many of the colors that are used by jewelry artists and handmade charm designers to resemble birthstones.  This really puts a damper on the birthstone crystal biz, since the major bead suppliers have a very low inventory and some have already stopped carrying the discontinued colors!

Toocutebeads.com wrote a blog article about this and provided a pdf download of the 5000 Series and 6000 Series discontinued crystals.

I spoke with my main supplier of Swarovski beads, who said that they haven’t heard anything about birthstone replacement colors being in the works, so these may become a more rare item. With many of the larger bead shops no longer carrying the discontinued colors, everyone will most likely be heading over to places such as Etsy and ArtFire, where individually run bead and supply shops may have stocked up to sell these items.