» Beading Definition: Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis (AB)
Aurora Borealis is a tradename used to discribe a kind of finish added to crystal beads. Aurora Borealis first made its introduction in the mid fifties, after the Swarovski company made important advances in crystal production. By experimenting with the manufacturing processes by coating crystals with extremely thin layers of metal and vaporising in a vacuum, they were able to increase the sparkling power of the crystal. Named after the spectacular play of the northern lights, this innovation has become a success worldwide and started a fashion trend of coating stones in a variety of colours with shimmering effects.