Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Swarvoski Crystals – What does that really mean anyway?

With so many references to Swarvoski Crystals, I decided I had to search it on the internet. I wanted to know what was special about them, where they came from, and what’s the big deal anyhow? After a little (I use that term loosely) searching, I found my best source of information to be at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarovski . You can either click on the link provided, or read below and see the information I found.

“Swarovski (English pronunciation: /ˌswɔrˈɒvˌskiː/[2]) is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut lead crystal glass and related products produced by Swarovski AG of Wattens, Austria.”
Daniel Swarovski (born October 24, 1862, in Georgenthal bei Gablonz, now known as Jiřetín pod Bukovou, near Jablonec nad Nisou northern Bohemia - Czech Republic. Died January 23, 1956, Wattens)[3] was born to a glass cutter in the Austrian monarchy. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of lead crystal glass jewelry. In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosmann and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swarovski & Co, which was later shortened to K.S. & Co. The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol, to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes which Daniel Swarovski had patented.”
“The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal
sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor and chandeliers. All sculptures are marked with a logo. The original Swarovski logo was an edelweiss flower, but was replaced with the current swan logo in 1988. In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings.”
“Crystallized - Swarovski Elements
Swarovski also sells
beads and rhinestones for use by manufacturers, artists and consumers in their designs. In 2007 the company also launched the product brand website crystallized.com which provides information for designers and manufacturers in the worlds of fashion, jewelry, accessories and interiors. Crystallized - Swarovski Elements is the new product brand for Swarovski crystals in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Products that are labeled with this brand guarantee the originality of Swarovski crystals used in creations of international fashion houses and designers.”

So, now that you know the history and importance of the Swarovski Elements, I certainly hope you take the time to browse my Etsy Store and see the lovely creations I have made out of them.

Reference site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarovski

Have a wonderful day,
Laura Robinson

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