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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 1997 Annual Edition Fabulous Creatures Dragon NO BOX

Swarovski Crystal 1997 Annual Edition Fabulous Creatures Dragon NO BOX

$72.11

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Swarovski Crystal - Limited Edition 2015 Pair Of Bald Eagles Rare Slight Damage

Swarovski Crystal - Limited Edition 2015 Pair Of Bald Eagles Rare Slight Damage

$3,500.00

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New Swarovski Crystal Sailor Mo Limited Edition Figurine 5270739

New Swarovski Crystal Sailor Mo Limited Edition Figurine 5270739

$51.95

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Swarovski Crystal Anniversary/ Birthday Cake, Limited Edition, Rare, Mint, Logo

Swarovski Crystal Anniversary/ Birthday Cake, Limited Edition, Rare, Mint, Logo

$2.25

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Swarovski Crystal Limited Edition 2015 Pair Of Bald Eagles BNIB Rare 5063130

Swarovski Crystal Limited Edition 2015 Pair Of Bald Eagles BNIB Rare 5063130

$9,950.00

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SWAROVSKI Crystal SCS Kudu

SWAROVSKI Crystal SCS Kudu "Inspiration Africa" 1994 Annual Limited Edition MIB

$109.00

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Swarovski Crystal Figure SCS 10th Anniversary Edition Squirrel MIB W/COA

Swarovski Crystal Figure SCS 10th Anniversary Edition Squirrel MIB W/COA

$59.95

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NIB Swarovski Crystal Figure SCS 10th Anniversary Edition Squirrel W/COA

NIB Swarovski Crystal Figure SCS 10th Anniversary Edition Squirrel W/COA

$59.95

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Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 1999 Masquerade Pierrot Title Plaque SCS MIB

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 1999 Masquerade Pierrot Title Plaque SCS MIB

$19.95

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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 2005 LIMITED EDITION STAR ORNAMENT. New.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 2005 LIMITED EDITION STAR ORNAMENT. New.

$10.00

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Swarovski Crystal SCS 2012 PAIKEA WHALE 1095228 New In Box Annual Edition W/ COA

Swarovski Crystal SCS 2012 PAIKEA WHALE 1095228 New In Box Annual Edition W/ COA

$349.99

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New Swarovski Crystal Hoot Happy Holidays 2018 Annual Edition 5393324

New Swarovski Crystal Hoot Happy Holidays 2018 Annual Edition 5393324

$52.95

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New Swarovski Crystal Party Mo Limited Edition 2018 Figurine 5301580

New Swarovski Crystal Party Mo Limited Edition 2018 Figurine 5301580

$53.95

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2008 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL DISNEY'S TINKER BELL FIGURINE LIMITED EDITION 0905780

2008 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL DISNEY'S TINKER BELL FIGURINE LIMITED EDITION 0905780

$300.00

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Swarovski Crystal 1997 Annual Edition Dragon - Fabulous Creatures 

Swarovski Crystal 1997 Annual Edition Dragon - Fabulous Creatures 

$20.00

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