The Demise of the Rivoli?
By Doris Coghill - May 2013
For many seed beaders
one of the most popular Swarovski stones has been the Rivoli
(Article #1122). These stones have been available in many sizes
ranging from 17ss (about 4mm) to 18mm in about 50 colors.
I think just about every seed beader out there has learned to
bezel around a Rivoli and many issues of the beading magazines
contain patterns using these popular stones. Even if you have
never figured out how to pronounce the name Ri-VO-li or RIV-a-li
or ???, most beaders have loved this stone. I am saying loved,
as I am sorry to say that Swarovski stopped production of most
colors of the 16 and 18mm sizes of this popular stone over a
You probably have not noticed as many outlets and the factory
itself had a good stock, but soon they will be harder to find.
The good news is that Swarovski will continue to still produce
the crystal and crystal AB in 16 and 18mm. These are the colors
that E.H. Ashley & Company use as a base to do their custom
So while you will no longer be able to get the standard colors
(Siam, Emerald, Sapphire, etc) you will still be able to get
the "fancy" colors (Vitrail, Bermuda Blue, Purple Haze,