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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!

2023 New Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Star Ornament Christmas Gift

2023 New Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition Star Ornament Christmas Gift


$76.50


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Iris Arc Swarovski COUNTRY CHURCH Crystal Figurine Limited Edition of 350 Rare

Iris Arc Swarovski COUNTRY CHURCH Crystal Figurine Limited Edition of 350 Rare


$535.50


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Swarovski Crystal 1996 Annual Edition Fabulous Creature Unicorn Figurine w/ Box

Swarovski Crystal 1996 Annual Edition Fabulous Creature Unicorn Figurine w/ Box


$275.00


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NEW RARE LIMITED EDITION vtg Swarovski Crystal Blue WALTER the WHALE FreeShip

NEW RARE LIMITED EDITION vtg Swarovski Crystal Blue WALTER the WHALE FreeShip


$159.99


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Swarovski SCS 2022 Annual Edition Fayola Elephant Crystal Figurine 560455

Swarovski SCS 2022 Annual Edition Fayola Elephant Crystal Figurine 560455

$122.50

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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL Figurine SCS Lion Akili Annual Edition 2016 Golden 5135894

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL Figurine SCS Lion Akili Annual Edition 2016 Golden 5135894


$349.99


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Swarovski Annual Edition 1998 Fabulous Creatures Pegasus Crystal FigurineĀ 216327

Swarovski Annual Edition 1998 Fabulous Creatures Pegasus Crystal FigurineĀ 216327

$20.50

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New Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 2000 Masquerade Columbine Display Stand

New Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 2000 Masquerade Columbine Display Stand


$17.99


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HUMMEL SHINE SO BRIGHT 2328 Limited Edition CHRISTMAS SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL MINT

HUMMEL SHINE SO BRIGHT 2328 Limited Edition CHRISTMAS SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL MINT


$495.00


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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL SCS ANNUAL EDITION 2022 CHEETAH MEHIRA 5636241 .NEW IN BOX

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL SCS ANNUAL EDITION 2022 CHEETAH MEHIRA 5636241 .NEW IN BOX


$459.99


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Swarovski Crystal Disney ALADDIN PRINCESS JASMINE Annual Edition 2022 5613423

Swarovski Crystal Disney ALADDIN PRINCESS JASMINE Annual Edition 2022 5613423


$356.95


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Swarovski Crystal Party Mo 2018 Limited Edition Cow Figurine 5301580 NIB

Swarovski Crystal Party Mo 2018 Limited Edition Cow Figurine 5301580 NIB


$75.00


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Swarovski Crystal Disney Limited Edition Nemo Finding Nemo Figurine

Swarovski Crystal Disney Limited Edition Nemo Finding Nemo Figurine


$640.00


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100% SWAROVSKI 5625988 CRYSTAL BALL ANNUAL EDITION CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 2022 LIMIT

100% SWAROVSKI 5625988 CRYSTAL BALL ANNUAL EDITION CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 2022 LIMIT


$93.42


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Swarovski Crystal 2012 Dragon Jubilee Edition 1096752 W/Certs Artist Signed

Swarovski Crystal 2012 Dragon Jubilee Edition 1096752 W/Certs Artist Signed


$649.99


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