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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!

Swarovski Crystal Disney Figurine RAPUNZEL Limited Edition 2018 -5301564 New

Swarovski Crystal Disney Figurine RAPUNZEL Limited Edition 2018 -5301564 New

$309.99

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Swarovski Crystal Christmas 2019 Annual Edition Ornament Red BNIB 5476021

Swarovski Crystal Christmas 2019 Annual Edition Ornament Red BNIB 5476021

$59.00

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Swarovski Crystal Tiger Cub, Sitting - SCS 2010 Annual Edition

Swarovski Crystal Tiger Cub, Sitting - SCS 2010 Annual Edition

$119.00

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Swarovski Crystal Figurine SCS Annual Edition 2017 Arcadia Bear Cubs 5236593 MIB

Swarovski Crystal Figurine SCS Annual Edition 2017 Arcadia Bear Cubs 5236593 MIB

$264.95

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SWAROVSKI Crystal 2008 Limited Edition Jasmine by Keiko Arai MIB COA

SWAROVSKI Crystal 2008 Limited Edition Jasmine by Keiko Arai MIB COA

$15.50

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2019 Swarovski Crystal SCS ANNUAL EDITION LARGE GOLD STAR ORNAMENT 5429596 NIB

2019 Swarovski Crystal SCS ANNUAL EDITION LARGE GOLD STAR ORNAMENT 5429596 NIB

$75.95

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Swarovski Crystal Fabulous Creatures Annual Edition Unicorn 1996 MIB / COA

Swarovski Crystal Fabulous Creatures Annual Edition Unicorn 1996 MIB / COA

$149.95

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Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 2008 Pandas Endangered Wildlife

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 2008 Pandas Endangered Wildlife

$86.00

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Swarovski Crystal 1987 Annual Edition the Lovebirds Togetherness SCS w/box

Swarovski Crystal 1987 Annual Edition the Lovebirds Togetherness SCS w/box

$419.99

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Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1993 “Inspiration Africa” The Elephant MINT

Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1993 “Inspiration Africa” The Elephant MINT

$92.00

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Swarovski Crystal 1994 Annual Edition

Swarovski Crystal 1994 Annual Edition "The Kudu" Figurine Inspiration Africa

$44.00

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Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1997 “Fabulous Creatures” The Dragon NEW

Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1997 “Fabulous Creatures” The Dragon NEW

$78.00

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Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1988 Sharing- The Woodpeckers MINT IN BOX

Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1988 Sharing- The Woodpeckers MINT IN BOX

$85.00

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Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1995 “Inspiration Africa” The Lion MINT

Swarovski Crystal SCS Annual Edition 1995 “Inspiration Africa” The Lion MINT

$81.00

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1997 SWAROVSKI Crystal Annual Edition FABULOUS CREATURES The DRAGON Cert MIB

1997 SWAROVSKI Crystal Annual Edition FABULOUS CREATURES The DRAGON Cert MIB

$56.00

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