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  1. What are Swarovski crystals?
  2. Where can I buy your pieces?
  3. How long does it take to make a tiara?
  4. What does kirameki mean?
  5. What is my birthstone?
  6. How should I decide who to marry?

What are Swarovski crystals?

Swarovski crystal was invented by Daniel Swarovski in 1895 in Bohemia. The beads are made from the finest crystal lead glass, cut and ground with such precision that they sparkle as brilliantly as diamonds. They have a weight and style that sets them apart from normal beads.

Swarovski uses only high lead content crystal glass, typically a full 32% of the glass is lead and lead oxide. The presence of the lead increases the index of refraction, bringing it closer to that of diamond. The sparkle comes from light bouncing off internal surfaces in the lead crystal. This is why lead glass beads have an attractive sparkle and heavier weight than cheaper forms of glass.

Swarovski are simply the best crystal beads, that's why I choose to use them in my pieces.

Click here for a crystal colour chart, and here for a pearl colour chart, but please remember that colours may differ slightly from those on your screen.  If you want an exact colour match please send me a swatch of material and I will be happy to recommend a particular crystal shade.

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Where can I buy your pieces?

You will find many of my ready-made pieces on eBay - please click here to see what I have available today.

If you would rather have something custom made especially for you, please don't hesitate to email me at sarah@kirameki.co.uk.

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How long does it take to make a tiara?

This is very much one of those 'how long is a piece of string' questions.  Obviously I would prefer to have as much notice as possible - two months is good - but if you need something in a hurry then email me today and I'll do my very best to help.

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What does kirameki mean?

Kirameki is a Japanese word meaning glitter, glimmer, sparkle, or twinkle.

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What is my birthstone?

January - Garnet

February - Amethyst

March - Aquamarine

April - Diamond

May - Emerald

June - Pearl , Moonstone

July - Ruby

August - Peridot, Sardonyx

September - Sapphire

October - Opal, Tourmaline

November - Yellow Topaz, Citrine

December - Blue Topaz, Turquoise

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How should I decide who to marry?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

What do most people do on a date?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?

I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
-- Craig, age 9

When is it OK to kiss someone?

When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8

Is it better to be single or married?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9

How would the world be different if people didn't get married?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8

How would you make a marriage work?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
-- Ricky, age 10

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