Watch Out for Lead Content in Crystal Beads

I do a lot of crafts and had always been intimidated by bead work and jewelry making. I took a couple of classes at Michaels and now I'm hooked. I went online looking for less expensive supplies. There are many sites out there and along with the purchase of supplies, I got a lot of instructions for making items and very good information about beads and such.


Swarovski (Austrian) crystals are gorgeous and shine brilliantly. But what makes them so dangerous is the very high lead content in them. I refuse to use them for that very reason. Semi-precious stones, gemstones, and even glass beads can be used to make very pretty items.

By Margaret from Denton, TX

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May 26, 20100 found this helpful

The lead content in Swarovski crystals would only be dangerous if you crushed the crystal into powder form & ingested it. They are perfectly safe to use. Even if the crystal were to be swallowed the glass coating would not break down, therefor these are in fact not dangerous.


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May 29, 20100 found this helpful

So, do you eat them or what? I can't believe the way some people panic over things like this. I could go on, but don't want to be kicked off this site.

June 2, 20101 found this helpful

I also am much of a bead lover and have been for over 35 yrs and use to be able to buy beads anywhere and on the "cheap" as to find those beads are almost impossible and these Swarovski crystals are so darn expensive I cannot afford them to make certain items and anything you find these days are to make jewelry and that is just not my thing. I have a ton of beading books to make everything from "jewelry" to mobiles and miss making those items due to the now expense of those crystals and not being able to find the lesser expensive type beads!

May 30, 20180 found this helpful

Hi there! I got beads the other day and it says may contain traces of lead. I'm breastfeeding my baby. Is it safe to use these beads?


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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

The only thing that I've read so far, which anyone can read about it, is that after handling anything that contains any amount of lead, wash your hands well afterwards, (or better yet) wear gloves when handling them.


Lead must be ingested or inhaled to cause problems, be extra-super-safe, maybe wear gloves or don't use those crystals.

July 2, 20130 found this helpful

I was looking for information on the lead content in the Swarovski crystal beads and can't thank you enough for your most helpful information.


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March 17, 20140 found this helpful

Why is it a surprise to find out that lead crystal beads have lead in them? The most beautiful crystal in the world has a high lead content.


That's what gives it its sparkle and beautiful tone when thumped.

April 24, 20180 found this helpful

In addition to the superior quality of their product, Swarovski has led the industry in developing environmentally and socially responsible practices by implementing their Advanced Crystal Standard. This standard guarantees the lead-free status of all of their crystal.

September 13, 20230 found this helpful

Swarovski is not lead free. That's ridiculous.


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