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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!

SHINY BLACK MINI MO LIMITED EDITION CRYSTAL LOVLOTS 2015 SWAROVSKI 5125941

SHINY BLACK MINI MO LIMITED EDITION CRYSTAL LOVLOTS 2015 SWAROVSKI 5125941

$24.70

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NIB SWAROVSKI CINDERELLA LIMITED EDITION 2015 CRYSTAL FIGURINE 5089525

NIB SWAROVSKI CINDERELLA LIMITED EDITION 2015 CRYSTAL FIGURINE 5089525

$879.00

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RI1 Swarovski Crystal 10th Anniversary Edition The Squirrel SCS Member

RI1 Swarovski Crystal 10th Anniversary Edition The Squirrel SCS Member

$39.99

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Swarovski Crystal Lovlots Glamour Mos 1041284, Limited Edition 2010, MIB

Swarovski Crystal Lovlots Glamour Mos 1041284, Limited Edition 2010, MIB

$110.00

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SAILOR MO, LIMITED EDITION BLUE COW 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5270739

SAILOR MO, LIMITED EDITION BLUE COW 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5270739

$59.80

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Swarovski SCS JUBILEE EDITION 2017 SWANS ANNUAL EDITION CRYSTAL FIGURINE 5233542

Swarovski SCS JUBILEE EDITION 2017 SWANS ANNUAL EDITION CRYSTAL FIGURINE 5233542

$242.95

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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL LARGE ORNAMENT 2017 ANNUAL EDITION NWT

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL LARGE ORNAMENT 2017 ANNUAL EDITION NWT

$18.99

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Swarovski Crystal Lovlots Country Mos Mo 1056681 Limited Edition 2010 New In Box

Swarovski Crystal Lovlots Country Mos Mo 1056681 Limited Edition 2010 New In Box

$125.99

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Swarovski Crystal Millenium Edition 2000 Crystal Planet Figurine  Box VL

Swarovski Crystal Millenium Edition 2000 Crystal Planet Figurine Box VL

$59.50

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Swarovski Crystal Commemorative Edition 1995 The Centenary Swan

Swarovski Crystal Commemorative Edition 1995 The Centenary Swan

$59.99

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Swarovski Crystal MILLENNIUM EDITION PLANET Figurine MIB COA Retired MSR. $275

Swarovski Crystal MILLENNIUM EDITION PLANET Figurine MIB COA Retired MSR. $275

$89.00

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KING & QUEEN MO LIMITED EDITION 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5270746

KING & QUEEN MO LIMITED EDITION 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5270746

$110.67

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Swarovski Crystal 2017 ANNUAL EDITION LARGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 5257589 US SELLER

Swarovski Crystal 2017 ANNUAL EDITION LARGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 5257589 US SELLER

$30.88

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Swarovski Crystal KUDU 1994 Annual Edition

Swarovski Crystal KUDU 1994 Annual Edition "Inspiration Africa" NEEDS REPAIR

$46.99

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Swarovski Crystal 2017 ANNUAL EDITION LARGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 5257589

Swarovski Crystal 2017 ANNUAL EDITION LARGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 5257589

$29.95

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