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Fun Facts About Swarovski We Bet You Didn’t Know!

July 28, 2018

Everyone who loves sparkly things is sure to love Swarovski Crystals. Like stars in the night sky, the beads shine and shimmer sending out little flashes of light in rainbow hues. Swarovski has a wide, varied and loyal fan following from mega fashion houses to young entrepreneurs and housewives.

The Swarovski brand is a family legacy and has been passed down to three generations all committed to upholding the high standards it has come to be known for. But, sparkling crystals aside there are a lot of things many customers don’t know about the brand, so allow us to enlighten you on a few interesting facts.

Swarovski facts

  1. Grand old brand: Swarovski was started in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski and 2018 will mark 123 years of the brand. The company was established in Wattens in the Austrian Alps and was born of a dream for affordable diamonds for everyone.
  2. Glass to diamonds: Swarovski was able to achieve his dream of affordable diamonds by inventing a machine that could cut glass so precisely that the facets would sparkle and reflect light just like the precious stone. The electrical glass cutting machine was patented by Swarovski in 1895.
  3. The logo: The Swarovski Swan is well known today and recognizable by everyone. However, the Swan was not always the logo for the crystal brand. When the company first opened, its logo was an Edelweiss flower which represented Austria.
  4. Hollywood debut: If you’re going to be that good looking then you must have a Hollywood calling, and the Swarovski crystals most certainly did. In 1932 Swarovski made its Hollywood debut with the film Blonde Venus gracing the jewelry and costumes of actress Marlene Dietrich.
  5. More acting roles: Hollywood was hooked on Swarovski and these lovely crystals were offered another role on the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The crystals played Marilyn Monroe’s diamonds during her iconic performance of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.
  6. Runway time: In collaboration with Christian Dior, Swarovski created the Aurora Borealis effect for crystals. The effect was achieved by coating the crystals with a very fine layer of vaporized blue metal. The result was crystals that sparkled in many colors like the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis crystals became an integral part of Dior couture gracing runways worldwide.
  7. Bejeweled dress: In 1962 Marilyn Monroe wore a stunning bejeweled gown while she sang Happy Birthday Mr. President to JFK. That memorable dress had 2,500 Swarovski crystals sewn into it to give it the appearance of a dress made of diamonds. The dress was auctioned in 1999 for over $1.26 million!
  8. The birth of the Crystal Figurine: Swarovski crystal figurines have become a favorite with collector world over, but did you know that the first figurine was created by one of the craftsmen playing around with chandelier bits? It’s true! In 1976 the very first crystal mouse was created using crystals that were made for a chandelier. The rest, as they say, is history. 
  9. The Christmas Star: The star at the top of the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center in New York is made from Swarovski crystals. The star holds a whopping 25,000 crystals with a total of 1 million facets; now that’s a lot of sparkle! The star measures a good 9.5 feet in diameter!
  10. Home décor: We have already mentioned chandeliers and that’s because Swarovski is not just into jewelry. The company has a vast interior décor presence with light fixtures and other embellishments that have decorated homes, palaces and even the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center, NY.
  11. Museum: In 1995 the Swarovski Kristallwelten or Swarovski Crystal Worlds was opened in Wattens, Austria to mark the 100th anniversary of the company. Kristallwelten was designed by multimedia artist Andre Heller. The museum is a collaboration between designers, artists and musicians and contains Chambers of Wonder that have different themes. All the displays are created using – you guessed it – Swarovski Crystals
  12. Swarovski Optik: Did you know that Swarovski is not only about crystals? The company also manufactures precision lenses and high tech optical instruments using its patented technology. In 1935 Daniel Swarovski’s son Wilhelm developed the first Swarovski binoculars and in 1949 Swarovski Optik was established.

There you have it. A whole dozen of interesting and fun facts about your favorite crystal brand that you probably didn’t know before. You’re welcome!

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