Friday, February 17, 2012

Swarovski: Synonymous with Quality


Swarovski Crystals is a name that has become increasingly popular with the onset of crafters and artists creating beautiful sparkling wares.  Swarovski is actually a brand name for precisely-cut crystals produced by Swarovski AG, started by Daniel Swarovski of Wattens, Austria.

Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956) worked in his father’s glass factory as a youngster, learning the art of glass cutting.  Daniel eventually designed and patented one of the first machines that helped the crystal cutting process in 1982.  

Wikapedia reports, “In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co.[3] The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of localhydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.

You can find figurines, jewelry clothing, and home decorations in high end gift stores, department stores and online shops selling signed Swarovski productions.  However, Artisians all over the world purchase loose beads and rhinestones to embellish their creations.



Artists and crafters world wide tout the quality of their jewelry by stating that they use Swarovski crystals beads and rhinestones in their designs.  The word Swarovski is synonymous with excellence and quality.


Swarovski rhinestones can be found in many designer signed and manufactured pieces as shown here in the following vintage jewelry pieces by Sherman, Continental and more:

GrandVintageFinery Sherman Necklace

Bodacious Jewels Sherman Brooch
GlitzyThings Continental Brooch

glitzythings Full Parure

delightfullyvintage Alice Caviness

As well, Swarovski has their own team of designers who create amazingly beautiful pieces found in higher end boutiques, department stores and online gift malls.  The Swarovski produced jewelry can be identified with the hallmark Swan stamped on the backs and hang tags of the their designs:

The Jewel Seeker
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  1. Great article with interesting information and love the red flower brooch!

  2. Well-written article with beautiful photos!

  3. Excellent article. I adore Swarovski jewelry and have a nice collection myself. It is extremely well made.

  4. Thank you for all of your comments and support! It's so interesting to see all of the lovely pieces of Swarovski on Etsy, read about Daniel Swarovski and find out about this company. I would love to see your collection Ali!