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.
In 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
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 first 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.
Okay. Pink is pink. Right? Not according to Swarovski Austrian Crystals: Shades of Pink. This company, which 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 to 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.