The Prudent Collector

Collectibles

Guides & Articles


Walt Disney Collectibles and Gifts at Bradford Exchange


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!

SAILOR MO, LIMITED EDITION BLUE COW 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5270739

SAILOR MO, LIMITED EDITION BLUE COW 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5270739

$59.14

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 1997

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 1997 "Fabulous Creatures" - The Dragon NIB

$145.00

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Figurine SCS Lion Mother Limited Edition 5135895 NEW

Swarovski Crystal Figurine SCS Lion Mother Limited Edition 5135895 NEW

$250.00

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal 5233542 SCS JUBILEE EDITION 2017 SWANS NEW IN BOX FREE SHIP

Swarovski Crystal 5233542 SCS JUBILEE EDITION 2017 SWANS NEW IN BOX FREE SHIP

$238.95

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal The Magic of Dance Isadora 2002 Annual Edition W/ Box And COA

Swarovski Crystal The Magic of Dance Isadora 2002 Annual Edition W/ Box And COA

$109.99

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Lovlots Green Andy Cat RARE Limited Edition 1119923 NIB COA

Swarovski Crystal Lovlots Green Andy Cat RARE Limited Edition 1119923 NIB COA

$78.99

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal SCS 2012 PAIKEA WHALE 1095228 New In Box MIB Annual Edition

Swarovski Crystal SCS 2012 PAIKEA WHALE 1095228 New In Box MIB Annual Edition

$409.95

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 1992 Care For Me Mother & Calf The Whales

Swarovski Crystal Annual Edition 1992 Care For Me Mother & Calf The Whales

$100.00

Product Details
ELSA DISNEY FROZEN QUEEN CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION 2016 SWAROVSKI  5135878

ELSA DISNEY FROZEN QUEEN CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION 2016 SWAROVSKI 5135878

$470.25

Product Details
BELLE DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LIMITED EDITION 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5248590

BELLE DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST LIMITED EDITION 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5248590

$434.15

Product Details
SWANS SCS JUBILEE EDITION MEMBERS ARTIST SIGNED 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5384054-S

SWANS SCS JUBILEE EDITION MEMBERS ARTIST SIGNED 2017 SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL 5384054-S

$259.30

Product Details
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BIRTHDAY CAKE 5TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION SCS 1987-1992

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BIRTHDAY CAKE 5TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION SCS 1987-1992

$45.98

Product Details
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BELLE LIMITED EDITION 2017 5248590.NEW IN BOX.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BELLE LIMITED EDITION 2017 5248590.NEW IN BOX.

$419.99

Product Details
Swarovski Jubilee Edition 15th Anniversary Vase of 15 Red Roses Crystal 283394

Swarovski Jubilee Edition 15th Anniversary Vase of 15 Red Roses Crystal 283394

$59.95

Product Details
Swarovski Crystal SCS 2017 Annual Edition Arcadia Grizzly Momma Bear 5229215 New

Swarovski Crystal SCS 2017 Annual Edition Arcadia Grizzly Momma Bear 5229215 New

$374.95

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