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Monday, April 23, 2012


Hi there fellow Bloggers, Thanks for all the well wishes while I was a bit down and out. I am happy to report that I am now feeling much better and am ready to play catch-up with A to Z Blogging. Still a bit behind, today is S day for me, and being a beader, what better subject than Swarovski.

Vintage Swarovski Crystal beads

Daniel Swarovski was born on October 24, 1862 in the Czech Republic. His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. In 1892 Daniel invented a revolutionary machine designed to cut crystals more precisely than ever before. In 1895 Daniel founded the company now known as Swarovski in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria). His vision was simply to bring joy to people through crystal. His guiding principle, "to constantly improve what is good", is still followed by the company today.

Here is a brief timeline of Swarovski innovations throughout the decades:
1931: Sew On Crystal studded ribbons are launched
1937: Glass reflectors are developed, increasing safety on the roads
1949: Swarovski Optic is founded
1956: Swarovski with Christian Dior develop the shimmering Aurora Borealis effect
1965: Crystals for chandeliers and lighting are launched
1977: The first line of Swarovski jewelry is launched
1993: Crystal Mesh is launched for the Fashion Industry
1995: Swarovski's theme park is opened
1999: Signity, Precision cut Gemstones is launched
2003: Swarovski develops Crystal Fabric
2004: Swarovski increased the brilliance of crystal with the Xilion cut
2009: Swarovski launches its 1st watch collection

Swarovski studded gown at Harrod's London by Ralph & Russo

Today the Swarovski crystal range includes glass sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture,  home decor and chandeliers.  The Swarovski group also includes Tyrolit (makers of abrasive and cutting tools),  Swareflex (maker of reflective road markings),  Swarovski Optic (binoculars, rifle scopes, etc), and Signity (synthetic and natural gemstones).

In 1995 Swarovski opened a crystal themed indoor theme park called Swarovski Kristallwelton, in Austria to celebrate 100 years of Swarovski.  I, personally, can not wait to see what they come up with in the decades to come.  "Evolution never ceases. Reforms in one area lead to further reforms in other areas. One must,  however, always be alert to the opportunities.  - Daniel Swarovski

TTYL and make it a great day,


Petra said...

You picked quite a stunning S post. Glad you're feeling better!

Thank you for your visits, comments, and encouragements.

Sandra Tyler said...

Goodness. that's quite a studded gown! And interesting story. You don't think about the stories behind beads, at least I don't...only yarn:))

JoJo said...

I am NUTS about Swarovski crystal and incorporate it a lot into my jewelry. It's superior to other faceted crystals and glass.

Faith said...

Wow, a theme park?! Now I'm really curious to know what's there... sounds shiny. :D

michelle said...

The gown is fabulous... over -the-top-fabulous... (will somebody actually wear it?)
And an indoor theme park? I wonder what's the contents, what's inside it?
My word, talk about taking innovations to the max! You are SO right - what next?

Liz said...

Wow, I love learning little bits of information like this. Although I don't work with crystals much (I am planning on incorporting some in my paintings in the near future), I do love anything that manipulates light in a sparkly way and am a sucker for coloured crystal jewellery.

Thanks for educating me a little. Nice to know where some of those names we are familiar with come from.

Best wishes,

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