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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 Annual Edition 2022 Ornament Snowflake 5615387 Christmas Gift

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 2022 Ornament Snowflake 5615387 Christmas Gift


$65.95


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Swarovski 2022 Crystal Annual Edition 2022 Ornament Snowflake 5615387 Christmas

Swarovski 2022 Crystal Annual Edition 2022 Ornament Snowflake 5615387 Christmas


$31.66


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SWAROVSKI 2022 Annual Edition Christmas Ornament Clear Crystal Snowflake 5615387

SWAROVSKI 2022 Annual Edition Christmas Ornament Clear Crystal Snowflake 5615387


$33.89


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Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Ornament 2022 Snowflake 5615387 5634888

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Ornament 2022 Snowflake 5615387 5634888


$33.39


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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL Christmas Star Annual Edition 2007 Ornament 872200 BRAND NEW

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL Christmas Star Annual Edition 2007 Ornament 872200 BRAND NEW


$79.95


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Swarovski Crystal Disney ALADDIN PRINCESS JASMINE Annual Edition 2022 5613423

Swarovski Crystal Disney ALADDIN PRINCESS JASMINE Annual Edition 2022 5613423


$355.95


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2022 Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Ornament Snowflake Xmas 5615387

2022 Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Ornament Snowflake Xmas 5615387


$27.99


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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL SCS JUBILEE EDITION 2022 ELEPHANT ZENA 5607667 .NEW IN BOX

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL SCS JUBILEE EDITION 2022 ELEPHANT ZENA 5607667 .NEW IN BOX


$327.99


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Swarovski Crystal Disney’s DUMBO Limited Edition 1052873 retired

Swarovski Crystal Disney’s DUMBO Limited Edition 1052873 retired


$289.00


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Swarovski Crystal 2002

Swarovski Crystal 2002 "Chinese Zodiacs”, Limited Edition, Pig / Piglet Figurine

$0.99

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Swarovski Crystal Disney TINKER BELL Limited Edition 0905780 w Cert

Swarovski Crystal Disney TINKER BELL Limited Edition 0905780 w Cert


$349.99


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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL ORNAMENT HEART ANNUAL EDITION 2007 PARTLY COLORED 0886104

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL ORNAMENT HEART ANNUAL EDITION 2007 PARTLY COLORED 0886104

$19.00

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Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Ornament Snowflake Xmas 5634888 5615387 2022

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Ornament Snowflake Xmas 5634888 5615387 2022


$31.99


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Swarovski 2022 Crystal Annual Edition Ornament Snowflake Xmas 5615387 5634888

Swarovski 2022 Crystal Annual Edition Ornament Snowflake Xmas 5615387 5634888


$31.39


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Swarovski Crystal 2003

Swarovski Crystal 2003 "Chinese Zodiacs” Limited Edition Puppy Dog Figurine, Box

$15.50

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