Swarovski Crystal

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Swarovski's world headquarters and factory are located in Wattens, Austria. Ingredients used in manufacturing the crystal consist mainly of natural minerals like quartz sand, soda, and potash. The mixture is fired to a molten state, then cooled slowly to avoid stress and inclusions. Out of the coloring, cutting, and coating stages, a crystal design takes shape. Various parts of an object are joined together using a special glue that doesn't yellow with age. This ensures that the joints don't become visible over time, and the crystal piece remains clear indefinitely.

Crystal and glass collectibles usually lose most or all of their value when not mint. However, some condition issues such as parts coming loose or very small chips may sometimes be repaired with little or no adverse effect on value, as long as the work is done by a professional. Do-it-yourself repairs, including "simple" glue jobs, are possibly the worst thing anyone can do to a collectible. If repair services are not available from Swarovski, independent glassware and crystal restorers are an excellent option for gluing back pieces that have come apart. For seriously damaged items, either chipped or broken, professional restorers may be able to replace broken parts or grind down the crystal to essentially remove the chip mark. Keep in mind the nature and location of the damage as well as the piece's design and size may make the repair impossible or too expensive to be worthwhile. In an article that appeared on the Swarovski website, Diane Carnevale Jones recommends two restoration companies: The Crystal Cave (Glenview, Illinois) and China and Crystal Clinic (Tempe, Arizona). In a resale situation, documentation from a reputable restorer goes a long way toward mitigating the negative effect on value of a piece that is not in its original state.

So-called "fair market values" reflect how much collectors are willing to pay for a piece at a given time. I don't list any prices on these pages because my primary intent is to showcase the beauty of Swarovski crystal. If any of my photos show up on sites like eBay as part of an item description, what you see in the picture is NOT the advertised object and I am NOT the seller. Please exercise caution when you're looking to buy.

Swarovski decorative product ranges include Home Accessories, Silver Crystal, Jewelry, and the high-end Daniel Swarovski Objects. At the start of 2013, the company re-structured their crystal figurine collections into new product groups: Symbols, Characters, Nature, and Art & Statement. Other than the Annual Edition Christmas Ornaments, which are now part of the Seasonal Symbols Collection, this website does not cover the Symbols or Characters figurines.

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Home Accessories – Mother Nature, Contemporary Nature Collections     Slideshow

Green Macaw

Red Cockatoo

Toucan

Green Rosella

Kingfishers

Bee-eaters

Roller

Woodpeckers

Mandarin Ducks
Topaz

Gouldian Finches

Sparkling Swan

Hummingbird

Blue Jays

Surgeonfish

Batfish

Butterflyfish

Seahorses

Sea Goldies

Pearl Oyster

French Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish

Dolphins

Walrus

Panther

Lion, Golden Shadow

Bull

Bear

Swan

Swan, Jet

Elephant, Light Sand

Vaso Piccolo

 

Posacenere

Petit Vase

 

"Euclid" Caviar Bowl

 

"Shiva" Box

 

"Colorado" Bowl

 

"Apollo" Bowl

 

"Astro" Box

"Wa" Bowl

"Toh" Vase

Star
Candleholder

Waterlily Candleholder
medium

Waterlily Candleholder
small

Waterlily Candleholder
large

Candleholder, large
with Flowers

Neoclassic
Candleholder, small

Blue Flower
Candleholder

Solaris
Candleholder

Comet
Candleholder

Chess Set,
glass board

Chaton, large

Chaton, small

Bunch of Grapes

Giant Pineapple

Giant Tortoise

Giant Bear

Giant Owl

Giant Chaton

Maxi Swan

Maxi Dolphin

Chaton

Waterlily
Rosaline

Waterlily
Blue Violet

Dambulla

Deoli

Darany

Daeni

Domoni

Dalmally

Dindori

Dorora

Dacali

Damboa

Dillia

Dalisa

Damarys

Dacea

Dellaria

Darigold

Drina

Deoria

Danuba

     


Silver Crystal – Crystal Nature Collection     Slideshow

The name Silver Crystal was coined in the mid- to late 1980's by a Swarovski craftsman who commented on "the silvery glow created by the object's spectral brilliance" when holding up a finished, faceted piece to the light. The crystal contains no trace of silver. A design team that has grown from about seven members to a dozen in 2008 regularly contributes to the Silver Crystal range.

Lute

Harp

Grand Piano
with Stool

Violin
 

Saxophone

Apple

Pear

Pineapple, large

Pineapple, gold

Pineapple, rhodium

Grapes, medium
 

Grapes, small
 

The Rose
 

The Orchid, yellow
 

The Orchid, pink
 

Maxi Flower
Arrangement

Waterlily, large

Waterlily, small

Orchid Blossom

Orchids

Four-Leaf
Clover

A Dozen Pink Roses

Rose Blossom
 

Roses
 

Hummingbird
 

Mare

Stallion

Foals

Siamese Fighting Fish

Siamese Fighting Fish

Siamese Fighting Fish

Baby Sea Turtles

School of Fish

Lion Fish

Blowfish, small
mini

Shell with Pearl

South Sea Shell

Butterfly Fish

Three
South Sea Fish

Crab
miniature

Baby Shark
 

Dolphin

Baby Dolphin

Longnose
Butterfly Fish

Hermit Crab

Miniature Goldfish
 

Sea Horses

Baby
Sea Lion

Mother Sea Lion

Puffins
 

Walrus
 

Polar Bear

Orca

Seal, large
 

Penguin, large

Penguin, mini

Baby Penguins
(set of 3)

Owl, large

Fox

Fox, mini
sitting, running

Mushrooms or
Miniature Toadstool

Fawn

Doe

Grizzly

Grizzly Cub

Marmot

Stag

Rabbit, mini

Mother Rabbit

Butterfly, large

Hedgehog,
medium

Hedgehog,
small

Sparrow
 

Rooster, mini

Hen, mini

Chicks, mini
(set of 3)

Mother Goose
Gosling Dick, Harry

Mother Goose
Gosling Tom

Swan, large

Ducks
large, medium

Drake, mini

Duck, swimming

Duck, standing

Mallard

Frog

Bird Bath

Dove

Bald Eagle

Baby Lovebirds

Toucan

Cockatoo

Parrot
 

Malachite
Kingfishers

Turtledoves
 

Budgies

Swan

Silver Heron

Flamingo

Spoonbill

Mandarin Ducks

Swallows

Hoopoes

Ibex

Falcon Head, small

Koala

Mother Kangaroo
with Baby

Tiger

Cobra

Cheetah

Leopard

Baby Giraffe

Giraffe

Mother Elephant

Little Elephant

Gnu

Zebra

Jaguar
Crystal Golden Shine

Jaguar, Jet
 

Camel

Arabian Stallion

White Stallion

Dragon

Unicorn

Santa MarĂ­a

Sailboat

Sailing Legend

Locomotive

Wagon Carriage

Tender Car
Petrol Wagon

Tipping Wagon

Tank Wagon

Oldtimer
Automobile

Aeroplane
 

Ballerina

Young Ballerina

Rocking Horse

Bear, large

Bear, small

Birds' Nest

Flowering Cactus

Sweet Heart
 

Sweet Heart
Jewel Box

Treasure Box
Oval/Flower

Treasure Box
Round/Butterfly

Blue Flower
Jewel Box

Vase

Oriental Flacon

Rose Flacon

Napoleon Flacon

One Ton Paperweight

Table Bell, medium

Solaris Table Bell

     


SCS Annual Editions    Slideshow 1987-2014        Slideshow 2014-1987

The Swarovski Crystal Society and SCS Annual Editions were started in 1987. Each Annual Edition conformed to a "theme" that spanned three years. Since 2011, Swarovski has suspended the trilogy concept and come out with Independent Annual Editions.

Caring and Sharing
(1987-1989)

The Lovebirds

The Woodpeckers

The Turtledoves

 
Mother and Child
(1990-1992)

The Dolphins

The Seals

The Whales

 
Inspiration Africa
(1993-1995)

The Elephant

The Kudu

The Lion

 
Fabulous Creatures
(1996-1998)

The Unicorn

The Dragon

The Pegasus

 
Masquerade
(1999-2001)

Pierrot

Columbine

Harlequin

 
Magic of Dance
(2002-2004)

Isadora

Antonio

Anna

 
Wonders of the Sea
(2005-2007)

Harmony

Eternity

Community

SCS trilogy gift
Blue Tang Fish

Endangered Wildlife
(2008-2010)

Pandas

Gorillas

Tiger

SCS trilogy gift
Tiger Cub
standing

Independent
Annual Editions

Polar Bear Siku
(2011)

Whale Paikea
(2012)

Elephant Cinta
(2013)

Loyalty gift 2013
SCS Peacock

Independent
Annual Editions

Horse Esperanza
(2014)

     


Silver Crystal Numbered Limited Editions    Slideshow

The Eagle was the first Numbered Limited Edition, released in 1995. The Peacock followed in 1998 and the Wild Horses in 2001. Although the edition size of 10,000 worldwide is extremely large, the quality and artistry of the designs have made them very successful. The level of interest from collectors seems to have dropped significantly for the more recent editions, undoubtedly due to the economic recession of the mid- to late 2000's and, to some degree, market saturation.

The Black Bull, issued in 2005, is the first Limited Designer Edition. The opaque, jet black color is rarely matched by other crystal manufacturers and gives the piece a dramatic effect that makes it especially desirable, despite the fact the very same design in clear crystal – the Bull – was released the previous year. Designer Adi Stocker hand-signed every Black Bull  in the edition of 1,000.

The Eagle

The Peacock

Wild Horses

The Bull

The Elephant

The Rhinoceros

The Bald Eagle

The Black Bull
 

Black
Panther

Panther
Orange Shine

The
Black Stallion

XMas Snowflake
Ltd Edition 2012

The technical advances of the last several years allow ever more complex designs. In a 2007 online collector survey, I submitted a few ambitious ideas for future limited edition pieces that I hope will materialize someday:

Water and Grace or Winged Vision – Swan splash landing with spread wings and spraying water effect
A Whisker Away – Lynx leaping after a duck or a hare
Cutting Corners – Gazelle's evasive maneuver with cheetah in pursuit


Silver Crystal Commemorative Editions    Slideshow

The Commemorative Editions are limited to the year they are issued. Anton Hirzinger's Centenary Swan marked the Swarovski 100-year anniversary in 1995 and the Crystal Planet was the Millennium Edition. The Anniversary Editions of the Crystal Society, or SCS Jubilee Editions, are issued once every five years, beginning with Gabriele Stamey's Birthday Cake in 1992.

The Birthday Cake

The Squirrel

The Vase of Roses

The Collector

Dragon

Centenary Swan

Crystal Planet

     


SCS Member and Event Exclusives    Slideshow

Panda Cub

Gorilla Cub

Tiger Cub sitting

Polar Bear Cubs

Young Whale

Young Elephant

Foal

         

Gecko

Blue Dart Frog

Galapagos Tortoise

Arctic Hare

 

Baby Seal

Butterfly

Dragonfly

SCS Ornament
2009

SCS Ornament
2010

SCS Ornament
2011

SCS Ornament
2012

SCS Ornament
2013


Annual Edition Christmas Ornaments    Slideshow

There are several Christmas Ornament series produced by Swarovski. Perhaps most popular is the star and snowflake ornament series, which began in 1991 with the Annual Edition Star by Hilde Nagler.

Star
Hilde Nagler
1991

Snowflake
Martin Zendron
1992

Star
Martin Zendron
1993

Snowflake
Martin Zendron
1994

Star
Martin Zendron
1995

Snowflake
Martin Zendron
1996

Star
Martin Zendron
1997

Snowflake
Martin Zendron
1998

Star
Martin Zendron
1999

Star
Heinz Tabertshofer
2000

Stellar Snowflake
Heinz Tabertshofer
2001

Stellar Snowflake
Elke Kumar
2002

Stellar Snowflake
Martin Zendron
2003

Stellar Snowflake
Edith Mair
2004

Star
Gabriele Stamey
2005

Snowflake
Anton Hirzinger
2006

Star
Eva Maria Ried
2007

Snowflake
Verena Castelein
2008

Star
Elke Kumar
2009

Snowflake
Eva Maria Ried
2010

Star
Keiko Arai
2011

Snowflake
Elisabeth Adamer
2012

Star
Elisabeth Adamer
2013

 

Ball Ornament
Eva Maria Ried
2013

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