LAWS, REGULATIONS, NORMS AND STANDARDS
Last Updated: 02/05/2019
Loose Swarovski crystals, beads and other jewels are not suitable for children under three years old as they present a small parts hazard. Young children should not be left unattended with crystals, jewels or other small stones as they may choke on them, inhale or swallow them. The nature of the danger they pose depends on the size of crystal and how they are attached to the material. Magnetic products with crystal applications, for example, can be dangerous if ingested. The application techniques as stated in the Application Manual do not guarantee that crystals will not come loose. For each application, the manufacturer must determine whether the product meets the relevant requirements related to small parts hazards and assess any risk it may pose to small children. Failure to follow Swarovski‘s care instructions may result in damage to the crystal, which could pose a risk of laceration or other harm.
Warning: Magnetic Products with Crystal Applications
Magnetic products with crystal applications pose a particular risk of serious intestinal injuries if ingested. For each application of magnetic crystal products, the manufacturer must determine whether the product meets relevant requirements related to small parts hazards and assess any risk it may pose to small children.
Warning: Crystals on Tableware
If Swarovski crystals are applied to tableware care should be taken to ensure they don’t come loose and come into contact with food or the mouth. Any crystals or jewels applied to tableware pose a risk of swallowing, choking, aspiration or even tooth damage should crystals become loose. Tableware with crystals applied to it should therefore only be used for decorative purposes and not used near small children. When washing embellished tableware do not use a dishwasher but always wash by hand. Swarovski cannot guarantee that the crystals will not come loose. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure the product meets relevant requirements related to small parts hazards or use in food contact items and assess any risk it may pose to users.
The use of crystals (which may contain restricted substances deemed hazardous under local laws) and adhesives on tableware is subject to legal restrictions in specific countries. The customer is fully responsible for complying with these country specific provisions and shall defend, indemnify, and hold Swarovski harmless from any and all third-party claims based on product liability or otherwise relating to uses of Swarovski products, and waives all its own claims against Swarovski.
Unsuitable Crystal Applications
Crystals from Swarovski are suitable for use only in certain circumstances. They are intended for use in the fields of fashion, jewelry, accessories, textile products, and for interior décor. Attaching Swarovski crystals to fabric and jewelry processes are explained in depth within our latest Application Manual.
Swarovski crystals are unsuitable for use in other circumstances (e.g. gluing onto teeth, using on or near mucous membranes, and other unsafe uses). The customer shall defend, indemnify, and hold Swarovski harmless from any and all third-party claims based on product liability or otherwise relating to uses of Swarovski products purchased by the customer, and waives all its own claims.
Responsibility of User
The application, use, and processing of Swarovski crystals and these crystal application techniques are solely the user’s responsibility. The customer must carry out their own tests of techniques they propose to use and their suitability for the intended application. Swarovski cannot be held responsible for the misuse of any crystal application techniques. Any oral, written, or test-based advice that Swarovski provides regarding techniques for the application of its products are recommendations based on Swarovski’s current knowledge and the information provided by its suppliers.