The Prudent Collector

Collectibles

Guides & Articles




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!

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 1991 ANNUAL EDITION

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 1991 ANNUAL EDITION "SAVE ME THE SEALS" FIGURINE

$65.00

Product Details
Swarovski PEGASUS Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1998

Swarovski PEGASUS Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1998 "Fabulous Creatures" Series

$20.49

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

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

$226.58

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal 2018 ANNUAL EDITION LARGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 5301575

Swarovski Crystal 2018 ANNUAL EDITION LARGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 5301575

$58.50

Product Details
PLUTO DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301577

PLUTO DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301577

$236.35

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Vase of Roses 15 Year Anniversary Jubilee Edition Retired

Swarovski Crystal Vase of Roses 15 Year Anniversary Jubilee Edition Retired

$44.06

Product Details
GOOFY DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301576

GOOFY DISNEY CHARACTER COLORED EDITION 2018 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5301576

$321.14

Product Details
retired swarovski crystal Scs 1995 Annual Edition “inspiration Africa” LION

retired swarovski crystal Scs 1995 Annual Edition “inspiration Africa” LION

$100.00

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Figurine MINI MO INTENSE FUCHSIA Limited Edition 2015 5125952

Swarovski Crystal Figurine MINI MO INTENSE FUCHSIA Limited Edition 2015 5125952

$27.20

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal The Lion 1995 Annual Edition

Swarovski Crystal The Lion 1995 Annual Edition "Inspiration Africa" Mint/Box COA

$68.00

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Figurine MINI MO TENDER YELLOW Limited Edition 2015 5125945

Swarovski Crystal Figurine MINI MO TENDER YELLOW Limited Edition 2015 5125945

$27.90

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Woodpeckers 014745 Sharing Annual Edition 1988 With Box

Swarovski Crystal Woodpeckers 014745 Sharing Annual Edition 1988 With Box

$224.99

Product Details
2017 Swarovski Crystal Clear Star Snowflake Annual Edition Christmas Ornament

2017 Swarovski Crystal Clear Star Snowflake Annual Edition Christmas Ornament

$12.99

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Figurine MINI MO DEEP ORANGE Limited Edition 2015 5125932 New

Swarovski Crystal Figurine MINI MO DEEP ORANGE Limited Edition 2015 5125932 New

$31.50

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Figurine Annual Edition 1989

Swarovski Crystal Figurine Annual Edition 1989 "amour", the Turtledoves with box

$225.00

Product Details
View More Items:   1  2  3  4  5  6  7