Technical Information


Casting-

The charms uses in all Olivia Wotton Jewellery are cast in solid sterling silver from shells and other natural objects either found by Olivia locally or whilst abroad. Each 'master' shell/natural object is used to produce a mould, the master shell/natural object is then removed and molten silver is poured into the mould and left to harden.

Swarovski® Crystals and Pearls

Swarovski® crystal components are regarded as the highest quality machine cut and polished crystal beads in the world. The demand for these luxury products unfortunately can create a host of imitators.

Swarovski
The Swarovski® company creates its glass with a special compound that imitators cannot duplicate. This special compound creates the incredible brilliance of their product. The delicate colour palette is another quality that sets Swarovski® crystal components apart from others.

With so many crystal beads and components out there, how can you tell if the crystal you are purchasing is actually a Swarovski® crystal component....or an imitation?

Here are some tips that can help you determine which crystals are genuine:
  1. Swarovski® crystals are perfectly uniform. Since they are machine cut, each crystal is the same. This means that the height, width and slope are consistent. A hand polished imitator bead will not have as uniform a cut. You may also notice different dimensions from bead to bead.
  2. Swarovski® uses machinery that precisely cuts each crystal. According to Swarovski®, "cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions, is a very complicated task; each direction of the reflected light must first be calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery." This is just part of the technology that gives Swarovski® crystals their unbelievable flash.
  3. The precision cutting of Swarovski® machinery allows each crystal to have its facet juncture "pointing up". This means the facet junctures all meet at precisely the same point. This is a similar aspect of diamond faceting. See the illustration above.
  4. AB finish Swarovski® crystals have a uniform surface luster. There are no swirling marks from the vacuum process that produces the AB finish, and generally there are no scratches. The "imitations" often have scratches, swirl marks ("oily" looking surface). Some of these imperfections, in the "imposters", have to do with the lower quality of the finish.
  5. When you look inside the crystal, you will see no bubbles. If you see any bubbles, you know immediately that it is a fake.
  6. Because of its special glass compounds, Swarovski® crystal will out-sparkle a bead of lesser quality when placed in a side-by-side comparison.

CRYSTALLIZED™ pearls with a heart of the finest Austrian crystal are finished with multiple layers of highly luminous pearlescence. Swarovski® crystal pearls capture the look of a fine South Seas pearl and combine it with the exquisite craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski® Elements.

Crystallized
To keep the condition of your Olivia Wotton jewellery which has Swarovski® crystal’s and pearls in it looking new, always remove when showering, swimming or when undertaking manual or domestic work. Please avoid contact with perfume, chemicals and deodorant and apply these before you put on your Olivia Wotton Jewellery.

Please note; Olivia Wotton Jewellery source all Swarovski® crystals & pearls from well established, reputable wholesalers & will only ever sell genuine Swarovski® crystals & pearls.

Miyuki Delica beads

Manufactured by Miyuki of Japan, Miyuki Delica beads are the most colourful and versatile of seed beads, these beads are poles apart from the common ‘seed bead’ and priced accordingly. Miyuki Delica beads are the world standard for high quality beads.

Uniform size and shape make Miyuki Delica beads perfect for precision seed beadwork and with an extensive range of beautiful colours, silver and 24ct gold plated Miyuki Delica beads available, these beads give work a high quality, elegant look that cannot be imitated. There is absolutely no better seed bead, and therefore Miyuki Delica beads are the only seed bead ever used in Olivia Wotton Jewellery.

Please note; Olivia Wotton Miyuki Delica bead jewellery should always be put on after you have applied make up, perfume & hairspray. Please do not wear whilst swimming or showering.

Oxidising-

Some Olivia Wotton Jewellery is oxidises by painting or dipping the piece once finished into a chemical agent. This blackening effect is then selectively removed through polishing, leaving indented parts oxidised, giving the jewellery an earthy look and greater depth.

Wood-

Olivia has developed a number of different techniques over the years in order to achieve the finished look of the wood. To bring out the shape of the wood, Olivia soaks thin slices in water which makes them bow. Burning the wood to different degrees creates shades of colour from a lightly 'toasted' effect to a dark rich colour. Sanding the wood produces soft shiny finishes and by using different Dremel attachments Olivia is able to accentuate the properties of the grain. Once finished all wood is treated with a natural type of beeswax.

Please note; All Olivia Wotton Jewellery containing wood is sold with detailed care instruction.


Acholi beads-

For the last 20 plus years Africa's longest running war has ravaged the northern regions of Uganda, home to the Acholi people. Over two million people fled their homes to seek safety. Some made it as far as Uganda's capital city, Kampala, where they could only find refuge in a hillside slum, now called the Acholi Quarters.

Acholi beads are made by these refugees living in the Acholi Quarters slum. As they struggle to rebuild their lives, the sale of Acholi beads provides a vital income and helps share their plight with the world.

The beads are made from recycled paper from the local printers within the city. They are made by men and woman whose families are, in the terminology of international aid and development, 'vulnerable'. This means that they do not have a safety net. If something goes wrong they do not eat, do not get medication, and do not go to school. Acholi beads are made by 10 people from such families and are helping them go from vulnerable to successful.

The people Olivia Wotton Jewellery buys the Acholi beads from are not only helping the Acholi people by buying and selling their beautiful beads, but they also try to do their bit for the planet. They run a policy of carbon offsetting so all the air miles used to transport these beads are off-set by the purchase of trees in the Amazon rainforest.

Please note; Acholi beads are water resistant but are not waterproof, please take care of them & remove Olivia Wotton Jewellery which contains Acholi beads when washing or in contact with water.