The History of Beaded Jewelry - The Genius of Swarovski

The History of Beaded Jewelry - The Genius of Swarovski

There's no question that Swarovski has made a sparkling name for itself in the history of beaded jewelry, but it's more than just a company name - it's a family name. Back in 1895, Austrian jeweler Daniel Swarovski developed and patented an electric cutting machine that made more precise glass cuts than could be done by hand.

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The Film and Stage History of Beaded Jewelry - Superstar Swarovski Crystals

The Film and Stage History of Beaded Jewelry - Superstar Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski's place in the history of beaded jewelry wouldn't be complete without taking a fun look at some of the leading roles these superstar crystals have earned both in movies and on stage - you may be surprised!

The firstMarilyn Monroe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes time Swarovski crystals were featured on the big screen was in the 1932 Marlene Dietrich movie Blonde Venus; the glittering crystals studded both her clothes and her jewelry. Then in 1953, Swarovski decorated the iconic person of none other than Marilyn Monroe in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - those memorably brilliant sparkles that she flashed during her song "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" were actually Swarovski crystals.

Possibly the most historically famous rendition of "Happy Birthday" was when Marilyn Monroe sang it to JFK in 1962 from the stage of Madison Square Garden. Her flesh-toned dress was studded with 2500 Swarovski crystals - it sold at auction in 1999 for over $1.2 million according to Guiness World Records!

Swarovski crystals took another starring role in 2004, when they adorned the costumes of Satine, Nicole Kidman's sexy character in Moulin Rouge.

On stage in a different way, over 50,000 Swarovski crystals stole the show at the 79th annual Academy Awards in 2007, forming a brilliant 34-foot curtain. 

Cinderella was never as radiant as she was in the 2015 release of Disney's live-action movie, where more than 1.7 million Swarovski crystals were used to embellish the costumes, jewelry, props, fairy godmother's wand and much more. But the biggest stars of all were the glass slippers - you guessed it, they were actually made by Swarovski out of solid pieces of crystal that had 221 stunningly gorgeous facets.  

Want to feel like a superstar or make someone else feel like one too? Contact us to discuss some one-of-a-kind Swarovski jewelry creations we can make to have you glittering like the stars!

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Swarovski Austrian Crystals: Their Many Shades of Pink

Swarovski Austrian Crystals: Their Many Shades of Pink

Okay.  Pink is pink.  Right?  Not according to Swarovski Austrian Crystals: Shades of Pink.  This company, who is the genius of glass and crystal, has 16 shades of pink!

Their five standard pink colors include Rose Pink, Light Rose Pink, Light Satin Rose Pink, Rosaline and Fuchsia. These lovely, feminine crystal beads make gorgeous beaded jewelry.  Jewelers often choose Rose Pink as the October birthstone due to its similarity to the pink diamond. It presents an understated, elegant look as a ring or earrings.  The Light Rose Pink makes a pleasing contrast all the other pinks.  Even lighter than the Light Rose, Rosaline has a light lavender tint and goes well with that color or contrasts with purple. Fuchsia presents a deep rose color with overtones of purple.

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Blush Rose is the company's newest color.  They describe it as representing the "first blush of love and hope."  Many find it suitable for jewelry for younger women, as a friendship ring, for example. It pairs well with neutral colors, gold topaz and vivid summer hues.

Astral Pink fits the feisty female. It blazes like a setting sun with warm pink and red tones, plus flashes of fuchsia and orange.  A designer might pair a necklace and matching earrings to counteract neutral colors such as earth tones.  

Indian Pink is described as "lighthearted and energetic."  While somewhat quieter than the Astral Pink, its heavy saturation of a red-pink calls up the exotic feelings of India.

Antique Pink hints of a blush hue with a touch of purple amethyst.  This color reminds the wearer of a classic, romantic past.  It may be used with gold, fuchsia and yellow.

Rose Satin features a satiny surface that makes it opaque with a silvery look.  Presenting an authoritative appearance, it could enhance upscale suits or gowns with simple, elegant lines.

Rose Peace is comprised of the coral pink colors in the famous rose flower of the name.  An entrancing color that captures the eye.

Other pinks not described here include Silk, Rose Gold, Vintage Rose, Rose Alabaster and Rose Water Opal.

So many rich variations from which to choose can stagger the mind. Perhaps seeing them in person would make it easier! Contact us for viewing and assistance to find the perfect pink for you or your loved one.

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The History of Swarovski Crystal

Chances are the name Swarovski conjures images of dazzling, brightly hued stones in your mind’s eye. For nearly 70 years, the Swarovski name has been synonymous with sparkling jewels, but the real story begins long before that. 

swarovski crystalsIn the late 19th century, Daniel Swarovski worked in his father’s glass cutting factory in Wittens, Austria. Fascinated by the trade, Daniel practiced his skill with verve and acuity, and by age 30 had invented his own glass-cutting machine. Prior to his newfangled invention, skilled craftsmen had done glass cutting by hand, but the manual labor factor meant that each stone was slightly different than the last. With the creation of Swarovski’s contraption, crystal stones were now turned out swiftly and uniformly, which would eventually revolutionize the glass jewelry industry.swarovski crystals

Although the decades saw Swarovski crystals used in everything from traffic signals to binoculars, it wasn’t until the 1920s that the fashion world took notice of the gleaming gems and houses like Chanel and Schiaparelli snapped up fabric sewn with the scintillating crystal beads. By the 1950s, Swarovski had teamed with Christian Dior to develop the highly reflective, glistening coating that defines the Swarovski crystals we know today.

Since the mid 20th century, Swarovski has emerged as the frontrunner in crystal beads. The company is known for its constant innovation and creation of new colors, coatings and designs. Swarovski crystals beads make stunning necklaces, bracelets, earrings and anklets. In fact, no matter how you choose to wear your Swarovski crystal beads, the beauty imbued by the 118-year history will shine spectacularly through.


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Swarovski Crystal Beads History Article

swarovski crystalsSwarovski Crystal is one of the most recognized names in crystal in the world. Noted for its unique colors and coatings, and sparkling clarity it’s no wonder it is highly sought after by jewelry collector’s everywhere. As with everything though, this particular crystal also has a fascinating history.

The story of Swarovski Crystal began in 1892 when a Bohemian-born man by the name of Daniel Swarovski invented a machine that would cut crystal with superior precision. This machine required a lot of energies, so he moved his family to Wattens, Tyrol where he could take advantage of their great energy resource—hydroelectricity. It was here in 1895, at the age of 32, that his company was founded.

swarovski crystal earringsThe company has seen a lot of change and development over the last 100 years of operation. One of the first products they marketed was retroreflective glass as used in traffic lights and signals. Not long after that, Swarovski moved into the fashion market when they created sew on crystal-studded ribbons for accessory and fashion manufacturers. They even became a high profile provider of optical instruments for hunting and nature observation.

In the mid-1950’s, with the help of a man named Christian Dior, Swarovski created a finish that made his crystal glisten. This coating took his crystal to a whole new level of sparkle that was perfect for creating hanging chandelier components. Fit for royalty, some of these very pieces continue to hang today in the Palace of Versailles.

The 1970’s became a decade of “firsts” for this company. In 1976, the Swarovski crystal mouse became their first product placed on the consumer market. Shortly after that, they launched their first jewelry collection. Then they began applying the knowledge they had collected over the years in stone cutting to cutting genuine and synthetic gemstones—one of which was cubic zirconia—opening up new possibilities for their jewelry collection.

Many people recognize the name of Swarovski crystal in jewelry because it is so unique. New coatings are developed all the time—creating popular signature bead collections such as seen with the German and Tie-dye coatings. Part of what makes Swarovski jewelry so exceptional is that new beads, colors, and designs are constantly being created—leaving older creations to be discontinued.

Swarovski crystal has had over a hundred years to make their company the success they are. They continue to be held in the highest regard for their more intricate designs in crystal pieces and jewelry, as well as for the contribution they’ve made to society with the innovative design of the retroreflective glass. Who’s to say how many lives have been saved by the use of traffic lights? Swarovski maintains an emphasis on a high-quality product, and, amazingly enough, they are still finding ways to make their crystal sparkle and shine even more—ensuring anyone who wears Swarovski crystal to be a true standout.

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