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The History of Swarovski Crystal

Swarovski crystal figurines and jewelry items are renowned the world over for their breathtaking beauty and intricate detail. But believe it or not many collectors are not aware of the rich history behind the manufacturing process of these magnificent works of crystalline art.

The Swarovski company was founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895 in Wattens, Austria. When Daniel was growing up the industrial age was well on its way. This created the perfect nurturing environment for his creative and industrious spirit. His experiments with glass cutting and machinery soon led to his invention of a machine that would mechanically cut and polish glass, a process which up to this point had been done only by hand. The company was spectacularly successful and was soon creating glass crystal for everyone from the optics industry to the jewelry and fashion industries. Their success has never diminished and continues to this day.

While Swarovski still manufactures glass for various industries and while Swarovski jewelry such as rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are quite popular they are most well known for the stunningly beautiful collectible animal figurines they create known as "Swarovski Silver Crystal". In 1974 designer Max Schreck started a new product line rather accidentally when he built a tiny mouse out of glass chandelier parts on a whim. Soon to follow was a series of crystal animals, the most famous of which were crystal lovebirds. Today Swarovski's Silver Crystal division is a major part of the company.

How a Swarovski crystal figurine is created is a closely guarded secret. In the beginning the figurines were manufactured from random chandelier parts the company had available. This soon changed to the modern process which is quite a bit more complex to say the least. Initially the designers will study a proposed subject by going through photos, books, etc. Once a design is decided upon they create a rough model. From this point it is passed on to a team of engineers who create a series of blueprints from the model. These blueprints are of the separate pieces of the design. A team of machinists then create the tools necessary to create these pieces and bond them together. Based on how complex the figurine is there can be anywhere from 5 to 50 separate pieces required! These pieces are manufactured by pouring molten glass into molds. The glass is heated and cooled multiple times which anneals it, a process which strengthens the glass and prevents it from shattering. Once finally cooled the pieces are tested for clarity. Only an absolutely perfect piece is allowed to go onto the final stages where it is precision ground, polished and glued together with all of the other pieces using transparent glue.

This is quite an involved process and seeing how much work goes into each Swarovski figurine makes one truly appreciate the craftsmanship involved!

What you see here is a sampling of all the Swarovski crystal collectibles available for sale on eBay - many rare and retired. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for use our site search to see even more items!

2018 HOLIDAY RED STAR ANNUAL EDITION ORNAMENT SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5460487

2018 HOLIDAY RED STAR ANNUAL EDITION ORNAMENT SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5460487

$53.96

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SCS MUDIWA ANNUAL EDITION GIRAFFE 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301550

SCS MUDIWA ANNUAL EDITION GIRAFFE 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301550

$448.39

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2018 LARGE ANNUAL EDITION ORNAMENT AUTHENTIC SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301575, 2018-X

2018 LARGE ANNUAL EDITION ORNAMENT AUTHENTIC SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301575, 2018-X

$65.55

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1995 Annual Edition Swarovski Crystal Inspiration Africa the LION

1995 Annual Edition Swarovski Crystal Inspiration Africa the LION

$49.95

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2018 SCS ANNUAL EDITION GOLD ORNAMENT AUTHENTIC SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5357982

2018 SCS ANNUAL EDITION GOLD ORNAMENT AUTHENTIC SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5357982

$75.05

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ANGEL ORNAMENT ANNUAL EDITION 2018 HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5397776

ANGEL ORNAMENT ANNUAL EDITION 2018 HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5397776

$82.84

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KRIS BEAR CHRISTMAS ANNUAL EDITION 2018 HOLIDAY TREE SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5399267

KRIS BEAR CHRISTMAS ANNUAL EDITION 2018 HOLIDAY TREE SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5399267

$86.92

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CHIP 'N' DALE DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5302334

CHIP 'N' DALE DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5302334

$198.74

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CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT LARGE ANNUAL EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5377678

CHRISTMAS BALL ORNAMENT LARGE ANNUAL EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5377678

$70.95

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PARTY MO COW LIMITED EDITION CELEBRATION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301580

PARTY MO COW LIMITED EDITION CELEBRATION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301580

$59.71

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GOOFY DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301576

GOOFY DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301576

$315.88

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Swarovski Crystal 2014 Annual Edition Christmas Angel Ornament 5047231 MIB COA

Swarovski Crystal 2014 Annual Edition Christmas Angel Ornament 5047231 MIB COA

$84.95

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Swarovski Crystal SCS HYACINTH MACAWS 2014 LIMITED EDITION MIB 5004730 Birds

Swarovski Crystal SCS HYACINTH MACAWS 2014 LIMITED EDITION MIB 5004730 Birds

$379.95

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Swarovski Crystal SCS Blue Dart Frog Limited Edition 955439 MIB W/COA NEW

Swarovski Crystal SCS Blue Dart Frog Limited Edition 955439 MIB W/COA NEW

$109.95

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RAPUNZEL LIMITED EDITION DISNEY TANGLED 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301564

RAPUNZEL LIMITED EDITION DISNEY TANGLED 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301564

$358.15

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