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Swarovski was founded in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski I. It has since developed into an international entity with numerous subsidiaries and is currently in the process of reorganizing its North American activities, as well as preparing to increase its presence on the Internet. In addition, Swarovski is also adding their own retail stores throughout the United States and Canada. Approximately, 40 new stores should be in place by 2001. Swarovski has about 9200 employees, and it has remained a privately owned family business since its inception. I have heard some "rumors" that they are considering going "public", but that is all they are, just rumors. Note: Correct Pronunciation of the family name is: Swore Off Ski Swarovski is renowned worldwide for manufacturing crystal "products of precision" in many different forms, sizes, and shapes, paying close attention to detail, in an effort to present the best in the cutting, clarity, and brilliance of their crystal products. Swarovski attributes their success to the "tireless pursuit of perfection" in their production process.
Milestones in the Swarovski Story
1862: October 24, Daniel Swarovski I born in Georgenthal, Bohemia. 1883: Daniel Swarovski visits the International Electric Exhibition in Vienna, where he sees machines invented by Edison and others, and recognizes the significance of the new technology for his own industry. He could not have foreseen, nor imagined, the production of twenty billion stones annually! or the production of chandelier parts, optical instruments, crystal ornaments, a menagerie of crystal animals, grinding and abrasive tools, glass reflectors for the road and rail, nor the production of faucets and knobs for both doors and cabinetry. 1892: Swarovski applies for patent on his first invention: a machine that cuts crystal jewelry stones with unprecedented precision for cutting crystal stones. 1895: October 1, Daniel Swarovski leaves Bohemia for Wattens, located in the Austrian Tyrol, to set up a factory specializing in the industrial production of cut crystal jewelry stones. 1907: Swarovski's hydroelectric plant in Wattens goes online, providing a plentiful source of clean energy. 1908: Swarovski and his three sons experiment with different methods to produce pure crystal. Within three years, they are able to refine it to a state of flawless brilliance. 1917: The company succeeds in producing grinding wheels needed for cutting crystal jewelry stones. These later are put on the open market, under the registered name "Tyrolit". 1925: Swarovski begins experimenting with glass reflecting elements that do not appear on the market until 1950 under the Swareflex trademark. 1931: Swarovski begins manufacturing "trimmings" - jewelry stones processed into decorative bands and laces, and appliquï¿½d to garments and accessories. 1935: Daniel's eldest son, Wilhelm, produces the first prototype pair of binoculars, laying the foundations for Swarovski's Optik products division.
. Therefore. designed by architect Roland Deleu. now deceased. now major headquarters for North American operations. in the Rue Royale. as a "trial" product line. 1957: Company sets up its own gem-cutting department. 1988: Swarovski's "SCS Block" trademark is replaced by the Swan Logo. Swarovski coats crystal jewelry stones with thin layers of metal to enhance their brilliance. that occurs naturally. 1976: Four crystal chandelier parts glued together create the first member of Swarovski's full cut crystal animal menagerie: the tiny mouse! designed by Max Schreck. the death of Daniel Swarovski I at the age of 94.. FYI: Two pieces that were offered during the "trial" run. "Rock Crystal" vs. is a semiprecious stone. in response to countless requests from crystal lovers all over the world.000 + members worldwide! FYI: "Swarovski Silver Crystal" vs. at prices that can be afforded. 1991: Swarovski opens lavish new premises. Selection is considered the second top of the line product in the hierarchy of product lines.00!! Interestingly enough. Swarovski Silver Crystal is "man-made" and produced by combining a variety of different minerals. The manufacturing process uses full lead crystal containing more than 30% lead oxide. These pieces are a very RARE find. Alessandro Mendini and Hervï¿½ Lï¿½ger. but not easily afforded. including quartz and lead oxide.. "Rock crystal".Crystal Memories. and again is often produced in limited quantities. Pieces created by top designers. Paris.00! Estimated Value today! $4500. 1971: "HOTFIX" eliminates the need for attaching jewelry stones individually. R. such as: Ettore Sottsass. designed by Max Schreck and Adi Stocker. What began as a small group of SCS collectors now has a membership in excess of 450. Stefano Ricci. 1989: Unveiling of the Daniel Swarovski line of haute couture accessories and decorative crystal "objects d'arte" at the Hotel Crillon in Paris.. "Swarovski Silver Crystal produces a more brilliant color than natural rock crystal. it is not unusual to find Crystal Memories pieces without a logo. often produced in very limited quantities at prices not for the faint of heart! or the average collector.1956: January 23. . producing a crystal with a "deep color spectrum". and are worth a lot of money today! To the best of my knowledge. on the other hand. Adi Stocker is not allowed to sign this piece at any of the current Swarovski Events or Galas. the only annuals ever produced by two designers. later known under the "STRASS" trademark. "man-made crystal" . becomes the first annual limited edition at a retail issue price of $150. The "Lovebirds". USA. was introduced to a single chain of collectible stores in the United States. 1992: Launch of the 12-piece Swarovski "Selection" collection by well-known contemporary designers. 1977: Swarovski launches its own jewelry line under its current Swarovski "Jeweler's Collection" label. From 1993 to 1995. This is Swarovski's "top of the line" product.I. were unmarked. 1987: The Swarovski Collectors Society (SCS) is founded. . considered a mineral quartz. 1965: Swarovski starts producing chandelier parts. no one has ever seen the Coffee Pot. allowing their application in a single process. 1993: "Official" Introduction of the "Crystal Memories" line began. the "Rolling Pin" and the "Coffee Pot" were discontinued and not offered to retailers. 1979: Swarovski establishes a branch in Cranston. Swarovski Silver Crystal is born! Production of paperweights and key rings began as souvenirs.
& colors (most colors have been discontinued or retired. Florida. shapes. . designed by Austrian multi-media specialist Andrï¿½ Heller. They were issued during the early 90's and all are retired. . ..000 of these).Winnie the Pooh.Clocks. Many of the older pieces are unmarked. . and New Crystal Colors line.Swan logo added to the "Crystal Memories" collection. have no logo.Other various uncategorized designs.Fruit and Botanical Items. .1995: Swarovski's Centenary Year of Celebration . sometimes numbered. D. and Pluto miniatures issued as a Ltd Ed. began issuing the Christmas Ornaments in 1995 when the Swan logo was applied. and issued by Arribas Bros. This was followed by two more limited edition "Angels" in 1997 and 1998. of 500 in a Special boxed Set that SOLD OUT! in no time. .Crystal City (Retired). Mickey. thousands of dollars! . Swarovski & Co. 1996: The Angel Ornament became the first "limited edition" in the Crystal Memories line of products (ltd. Goofy.Candleholders.00.Treasure Boxes (most are retired) . and Giftware Suite lines). and Tokyo. in Wattens. You can visit http://www. Crystal Colors ~ (European issues only) These include the "Birds on the Thimbles". . .The Dumbo Elephants. .Animals. although you are able to order them separately at the current time.000 or less. in for the Disney Parks in California. . LOOK HERE! We have them in the Photo Galleries on site. either on a pine cone or a barreled base. Arribas Brothers/Disney ~ Numerous items have been produced celebrating Walt Disney's wonderful characters. .1987 to Present Note: some older pieces issued prior to 1987. using only Swarovski crystals in limited. . SWAROVSKI PRODUCT LINES Silver Crystal ~ Swarovski's major product line .Dealer Plaques & Paperweights (not sold to the public). Values range from $65.Christmas Ornaments (earlier ornaments were issued under the New Crystal Concepts. Among them: .Opening of Kristallwelten. .Picture Frames.Toys. editions.S.The Mickey and Minnie Mouse characters! Those that are retired are worth hundreds. with some of them dating back to the mid 70's.The FABULOUS FIVE! Minnie.000. Paris.Numerous paperweights celebrating Disneyland/Disney World anniversaries and events. . with no logo and are not considered "Silver Crystal" issues. but they are not considered limited editions. some of them worth in excess of $5. . issued by Paris Disneyland.com to see many of these items. received 28.00. . .Musical Instruments. 2 more "Angels" have been added to the line in 1999 and 2000. and were of European issue).arribasbros. to 68.Paperweights ~ in various sizes. 2000: The Daniel Swarovski Paris "Paradise" Line is introduced (see below).Nativity Scene (Retired). or. Giftware Suite. Some of them were issued under the New Crystal Concepts.00 to $85. the U. all retired. if not. Consists of: . Donald.
while the smaller ones have 400 stones. . eskimos. with the imagery built in reverse. seals. This is a series of seven pieces (I got em all!) produced and discontinued in the '80's.00. made with Swarovski Crystal. All are closed editions ranging in value from $405. part of the Crystal Memories line. and all were discontinued in 1992. you can collect these items. dated and signed by the artist. all three editions look pretty much the same. and Stefano Ricci. . and these issues were entitled. as well as Mr. These were ltd. The large crystalograms have 1200 faceted crystal stones.00 and $275. they are all now closed editions. .. Issue price was $35.Christmas Memories ~ 1996 to Present.Lancome Special Editions ~ 3 special edition Lancome Tresor Perfume Bottles were issued from 1994 to 1997. These consist of a painting applied by silk screen to the back of a piece of glass.E&R also produced tiny vases known as "The Petite Floral Collection". has become pricier. 250.00 (1994) to $325.00.00 (for the book it is based on) to $300. all are now discontinued. while the larger paintings are valued in the $5.. they were not very popular and were shunned by the collectors.00. with "crafted by D. while the larger 24 1/2" square were only limited to 99 pieces. Some of these pieces are valuable and very much sought after by collectors.. fashioned after Lancome's Tresor perfume bottles. Because they were so unusual in design. values range between $100 and $150.00 to $40. it began as an inexpensive way to collect Swarovski crystal.00 and they are valued between $140. additional Christmas ornaments have been added.00 (1995) to $475. (80's timeframe) these are tiny pieces portraying penguins. etc. with Swarovski Crystal. numbered editions ranging at issue price from $250. Issue price for this series was $25. Swarovski & Co.00.00 (yep. Alessandro Mendini. which are highly sought after. Crystal Memories ~ 1993 to Present. They came boxed in the same round Swarovski tube you are accustomed to seeing. Angel ornament.999.000 . All studied in architecture before turning their talents to crystal! Each piece is signed and numbered. Helmuth Swarovski's signature.$7. a Viennese son of a well-known sculptor. of course. Original issue prices ranged from $29. and a lot of them were to be found in the Hallmark stores. They are numbered. and issued with the artist's signature. and through the years. with values presently between $225 and $360. When these pieces retire. Wattens Austria" in writing on the package. 100. and an award-winning painter. They came in small and larger sizes. ranged from $100 to $140. . They are all retired and have the "signature S" logo on them. but made. began with the 1996 Ltd Ed.00. There are 9 pieces of the boys and girls featured in the book. Crystalogram ~ The Crystalograms were designed by Huber Weidinger. you're reading that right!). we have "The Whimsical Collection" also produced and ended in the 80's. and values for the smaller rendition range from $550 to $800. only in blue. 500) and issue prices range from $1060 (rare) ALL THE WAY to $42. in special packaging. . and only distributed by Swarovski of America Ltd. with values from $100 to $180.And last but not least. and range in value from $60.800. The smaller sizes were 12" square and limited in production to 4. considered a major product line. dating back to the early 80's. He lives in the Tyrol. If you got a LOT of money.And then there was "The Arctic Collection". Daniel Swarovski Art Objects ~ 3 well-known Italian designers were commissioned to produce this line of products: Ettore Sottsass. hold on to your wallets! the values double! For the VERY "ELITE" collector! Julia's World ~ These were issued in the late 80's and were based on a book by Julia Limpke. Famous Maker Perfume Bottles .00 (1997).Issue prices for the animals series. but with the introduction of the new "Journeys" line. most of which are on ice floats. Crystal Signatures ~ better known as Ebeling & Reuss (E&R).500 price range. They are truly unique. "The Five by Weidinger".00 for the figurines..00 (1994).50 to $55. A VERY limited number of each piece was issued (ie. issued at $35 ea.
all retired. Crystal World uses Swarovski crystal.00. in special packaging.. This entire line retired in 1988.00. with prices that reflect the high end marketplace.00.00. and values range from $80 to $375. Joey Jingles. the other an Eagle with a 12" wing spread that everyone just loves when they see them! Pictures of them are here in \ the Photo Gallery for your viewing pleasure. one is a spectacular Cinderella Coach led by 4 horses.S. and some of the pieces are dated. They usually come with a small vial of crystals "hidden" inside the product. Various Pendants. Brooches (some SCS members only issues) & Key Rings.Jewel Perfume. silverware. Holley. . and when retired.Other Designer Perfume Bottles made with Swarovski Crystal included: . yet another issue was introduced and closed in 1998.Laura Biagiotti Roma Perfume. if you can find one! Secrets ~ introduced in 1993. Zales ~ yep! believe it or not. These were introduced in the early 90's and have the Trimlite "T" logo on them.00 to $140. Selection ~ introduced in 1992. In addition. Issue price was $150. created by famous designers. Presently.00. Introduced and closed in 1997. depending on how hard they are to find.00 and $220. Ltd ed.00. the prices skyrocket. One particular series of interest were the Zales Bears.233. a diamond shaped crystal flacon on a 24K gold plated crown stand. There is a "T" logo imprinted into the metal of each item. many major companies . and Canadian markets. I have two very special numbered and ltd editions created by Crystal Galleries. with modern interpretations.00. of 6. when they were retired or discontinued. edition with very limited distribution due to production problems. Trimlite ~ these were produced during the early 80's and have become highly sought after by collectors in the secondary marketplace. This product line was only available in the U. a flacon that had design problems. introduced and closed in 1996. Issue price was $350.00 and they now are valued between $150. value is $850. It was introduced way back in the 80's. etc. Again. but you can't buy one now for less than $250. Swarogem ~ This unit of Swarovski produces table settings. UNKNOWN pieces of Trimlite are being found by collectors every day! Original issue prices range from a mere $10. and values range from $80 to $100. Issue price for all of them was $25. Many of the pieces are extremely limited in production. In the past.. etc. They were made in many different sizes between 1982 and 1988. introduced in 1997 and still a current item. Many other crystal manufacturers use Swarovski crystal in the manufacture of their products. sold only in Europe as a ltd. there are issues out there by Zales Jewelers using Swarovski crystal.. Some are rare and the very valuable issues have been long retired.Yves St Laurant. . companies such as Crystal Galleries and Summerhill (both now defunct) have manufactured products using our beloved crystal.00!!! and you have to really Look! to find them! Zales also produced an animal series "on crystal stands"..
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