A Bohemian man named Swarovski went to Austria in the nineteenth Century and learnt the art of glass making and cutting. A gifted man, Swarovski eventually developed a new glass cutting machine which helped him on his way to expanding his company and making him very rich.
At one time the main part of the business was cutting crystal glass for chandeliers but over the last hundred years the business developed into other related areas. It is easy to see that fine cutting of glass can lead to things like optical glass cutting where precision is of the utmost importance.
By coating the finished glass parts of Swarovski chandeliers in special chemicals, the rainbow effect of colours as light passes through the glass and is refracted, is achieved with great effect. This phenomenon which was explained by Sir Isaac Newton in the Seventeenth Century is one of the natural world’s true wonders. All nine colours split from natural white light are of different wave length so each has a different property.
Glass cutting and grinding is much the same in the manufacture of fine mirrors. The importance of the quality of glass the Swarovski factory produces for the binoculars, telescopes and other optical products it makes has naturally to be of outstanding quality. They also produce rifle scopes and the same applies with these other quality items.
In the manufacture of mirrors, there are eight different types of surface finish. That is to say that there are eight different processes for totally different purposes. Just one of the eight is a standard ‘vanity’ style used from wardrobe size to make-up compact. One method is perfected exclusively for the very top end of multimillion dollar deep space telescopes. When celestial objects billions of light years away are being tracked by telescope, there can be no distortion in the mirror surface. This reflecting telescope or otherwise known as optical telescope has curved mirrors ground and polished to as near perfection as machine possible.
Fortunately, for Swarovski chandeliers the glass does not have to be as precision fine as an international tracking stations’ mirror, but to the human eye you would not know the difference.
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