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Published October 13th 2012
Swarovski is a brilliant option for a best friend's birthday
Where shiny objects are concerned magpies don't stand a chance if I'm around. This quirk probably explains why I never miss an opportunity to wander through a Swarovski outlet. No matter how pressed for time or out of breath from all the tryouts and shoe fitting routines, nothing can stop me from taking a detour through the Swarovski showroom.
The sales people know I'm there for the thrills and ignore me with their carefully cultivated disdain. Nevertheless, over the years I have managed to total up quite a collection that includes ear studs, necklaces, bracelets, a tiny telephone, and a couple of Hello Kitty statuettes.
You don't have to go out to the mall to get a good look at the Swarovski range of goodies. Whether you're serious about buying or are just curious as to what they have come up with in their latest design, you can do at the Swarovski online shop. Take your time and savour their range of jewellery, home accessories, exquisite figurines, men's collection, and even sun glasses. You can even get gift card to take care of an emergency situation such as a forgotten birthday.
There's something that sets Swarovski apart from other jewellery shops. Perhaps it's their signature dark blue background and rich burgundy interior decor that form a perfect foil to the glittering crystals, signalling something special. Or may be it's the air of exclusivity that deters most folk from simply wandering in for a casual look see, except of course, for the thick skinned variety such as me.
What does it for me is the exquisiteness of the artistry that goes into the creation of a range of jewellery and artwork. From bracelets to chandeliers, there is a carefully thought out design element that makes Swarovski what it is.
What are Swarovski Crystals Made of?
Swarovski crystals are not naturally occurring crystals. These are artificially made from lead glass crystals incorporating natural minerals and quartz sand which is what gives it that distinctive silvery shine. So, does that mean Swarovski is just gosh darned expensive plain glass when all's said and done?
Well, the art is in the making of it. There is a process of heating and cooling involved that ensures the crystals come out looking flawless. And then there are the cutting and polishing routines which is what bumps up Swarovski crystals above ordinary glass beads.
Swarovski crystals are used to adorn figurines, lighting fixtures such as chandeliers, home accessories, sculptures, high fashion, footwear, and wall paper. They bring out seasonal as well as special occasion editions such as the ones for Ramadan and Christmas.
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Swarovski line of jewellery includes necklaces, rings, watches, bracelets, ear studs, pendants, and more including mobile phone charms. Crystals are used in combination with semi-precious gems and inlaid in sterling silver, 14 k gold or gold and silver plated metal. Special metallic chemical coating is used to give these crystals the ability to refract light in a rainbow spectrum making them shine with brilliance.
Pearl jewellery is made with a crystal embedded in layers of mother of pearl coatings. Most other jewellers use a plastic bead instead of crystal and this is where Swarovski scores over them. This crystal foundation gives it that characteristic glow and uniform size and weight.
James Bond and Swarovski
Swarovski has a 35 year old creative partnership with the 007 franchise and came out with a 50th anniversary collection to commemorate the event on the 12th of October 2012. They have enough going with crystal-encrusted collectibles of miniature Aston Martin DB5 and the 007 logo among other things. Casino Royale saw the release of pendants and earrings inspired by playing card designs.
Did You Know?
Swarovski also has a subsidiary company that makes tools and machinery.
Daniel Swarovski, the founder, learned his art as an apprentice in his father's glass-cutting factory.
Swarovski has a creative alliance with the 007 franchise since the last 35 years.
Swarovski has a presence in electronics in the form of USB memory sticks, headphones, and Bluetooth wireless earpieces.
The Swan logo was first used in 1988 and is a replacement for the original edelweiss flower design.