Swarovski Basics

Surface Effects

Applied on the surface of the stone.

AB - Aurore Boreale
CAL - Comet Argent Light
COP - Copper
DOR - Dorado
GSHA - Golden Shadow
HEM - Hematite
METBL - Metallic Blue
METSI - Metallic silver
NUT - Nut
SAT - Satin
SSHA - Silver Shade
TRA - Transmission

Translucent Effects

Applied on the back of the stone, effect shines through the crystal.

BBL - Bermuda Blue
HEL - Heliotrope
MBL - Meridian Blue
SAG - Sage
SAH - Sahara
SBL - Sky Blue
STS - Star Shine
TAB - Tabac
VL - Vitrail Light
VM - Vitrail Medium
VOL - Volcano

Variations on Surface Effects

V - Effects applied on the reverse side.
Z - Only part of the stone is treated for an effect.
B - Effects on three sides of a cube shape article
2X - Both sides of the stone are treated with an effect.

Special Surface Effects

These effects are achieved by chemical or mechanical process.

MAT - Matt Finish
FRO - Frosted
COS - Cosmojet


Platinum Foilng (F) - A silver mirror that is coated with a newly developed platinum colored, protective layer.
Aluminum Foiling (M) - An aluminum mirror is applied using a vacuum coating process.
Silver Foiling (S)
Green Gold Foiling (GG)

Unfoiled (U)
 - Usually an article not marked with any kind of foiling is unfoiled.


Hotfix (HF)
Hotfix technology involves applying a specially developed glue onto the reverse side of Flat Backs. The glue, which is extremely flexible, is activated by temperatures between 120 and 170°C and bonds with the carrier material. The crystal element is permanently fixed onto the carrier material during the cooling off process.

Hotfix Transparent (HFT)
This variant of the Hotfix technology is a patented bonding agent that is applied to the reverse side of non-mirror finished Flat Backs resulting in an interesting “raindrop” effect during which the crystal takes on the color of the carrier materials.

No Hotfix (NoHF)
All Hotfix articles are also available as No Hotfix without glue applied onto the reverse side.