Swarovski Crystals

TREND High-quality Austrian cut-crystal gems studded on everything from flip-flops to fingers

HOW IT STARTED The '80s fashion comeback paved the way for dazzling glitter-chic

JUDGMENT CALL Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but for affordable glam these are hard to beat

Swarovski crystals used to conjure up visions of little glass animals perched on card-store shelves. But since designers like Julien Macdonald, Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo discovered the Austrian gems a couple of years ago, they have been stitched by the hundreds of thousands onto haute couture frocks and heels. The stones are adding a touch of luxe...

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