The Swarovski Crystal a Little History

The Origin of Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski crystals have an international appeal steeped in rich history and innovation. In a small town high in the Austrian Alps, Daniel Swarovski wanted everyone to have a diamond. He felt that diamonds should be accessible to anyone who wanted one. In 1892, he patented an electric machine that cut crystals with such precision it revolutionised the jewellery industry. With the preciseness of the cutting methods, Swarovski created the most stunning crystals in the world.      

Crystals do occur naturally in nature, but Swarovski crystal is human-made. Mixing minerals, quartz, and sand. Of course not that easy as is stated here but just to give you a general idea.

The crystal “gems” are created in different colours and shapes. Clear crystals are more difficult to develop, but Swarovski has mastered the creation process. The human-made crystal from Swarovski has a higher refraction index, more like a diamond, then naturally occurring crystal. You can find out more about refraction index, you can follow the link. It has a small explanation.

Remember that electric cutting machine created by Daniel Swarovski mentioned earlier? That machine is why a Swarovski crystal looks more like a diamond. The polishing and cutting transform the materials into a crystal with diamond-like properties. To make the cut and be considered a high-quality crystal, it must have identical facets in multiple directions – a hundred of them to be exact. Of course, the measurements for chemicals, minerals, quartz, and sand that create the glass that simulates crystal remains a Swarovski company secret. You see, at Swarovski, they do not discuss how they make their extraordinary glass. The world agrees that the young Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski certainly was brilliant and the success of his almost 200-year-old company speaks volumes for his extraordinary talents.    

The Swarovski Crystal a Little History
Swarovski Crystals on Lips

Some Fun Facts of Swarovski Crystal

That’s enough technical information about the Swarovski crystal. You understand how the crystals are created, so let’s talk about some fun and exciting pop culture that ties into the popularity of this jewellery. With Swarovski, the impossible has always been possible. They took a non-gem and turned it into a product that is considered to be a luxury item. The look of the crystals makes anything appear to be extremely expensive when they are quite reasonably priced. The crystals can be a fantastic value for the money. Not many companies can last as long as Swarovski and still be in high demand. The products carrying Swarovski crystal never go out of style. Your purchase is an investment in heirlooms, not just fancy baubles and jewellery.    

 In 1932, there was an American movie called “Blonde Venus,” starring Marlene Dietrich. The film debuted jewellery and gowns that were adorned with Swarovski crystals. Ms Dietrick was stunning in her glittering outfits for the movie. It did not take long for Hollywood’s blonde starlets to begin wearing sparkling gowns covered in Swarovski crystals. The dresses were accessorised with Swarovski jewellery as these glamorous women floated down the red carpet. And, you guessed it, Swarovski crystals began showing up on movie screens and started a legacy of glitz and more glam than had ever been seen at the time.     

Blondes prefer Swarovski

Swarovski received a nod from another famous blonde of her day. Remembered as an icon of elegance and beauty unmatched in her generation, Marilyn Monroe was enchanting in Swarovski crystals on many occasions. She had gowns covered in crystals and gorgeous jewellery too. No one can forget that pink gown and all the dazzling jewellery in her hit movie, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” That’s right, Swarovski crystals everywhere as Ms Monroe sang, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” in what is one of pop cultures most iconic moments. She is also remembered in the annals of history as wearing a gown covered in Swarovski crystals as she sang, “Happy Birthday Mr President,” on live television to U.S. President John F. Kennedy. That famous gown was covered in 2,500 crystals. When under the spotlight, the dress beneath the crystals seemed to disappear and left Ms. Monroe sparkling in the spotlight.    

Marilyn Monroe wearing Swarovski Jewellery

Jewellery and movie enthusiasts know another icon who brings together magical moments in a movie that involve Swarovski crystals. Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” Ms. Hepburn played a wacky but fashionable young woman named Holly Golightly. In the movie, Ms. Hepburn often wore a tiara and statement necklaces, plus rings and earrings that were made by Swarovski with their beautiful crystals.    

Swarovski Works of Art

Swarovski has created some fantastic works of art over the years for special occasions. One such event was the 2018 American Academy Awards. Swarovski fashioned a stage full of shine using 45 million crystals that took 3,000 hours to assemble and the display weighed over 15,000 pounds. What an extraordinary accomplishment.   

Let’s face it; Swarovski crystals are engrained in culture all around the world. Worn by royalty and ordinary people, women and men are adorned with jewellery and clothing, and much more, made with Swarovski crystals. Not only does Swarovski produce accessories and figurines among countless other items, but their crystals are also used by jewellery artists just like us. Crafting the most stunning jewellery that glimmers with layers of colour and shine is what we love. Just like Daniel Swarovski, we use these glorious crystals to make products that bring smiles of appreciation to the faces of our customers. Cheque out our one of a kind designs made with Swarovski crystals.   

Crystals at Yazzy’s

We sell unique handmade fashion jewellery and accessories. Our original pieces are one of a kind and not produced in mass quantity. They are made with genuine Swarovski crystals, you can be assured by that. Have a look at our website. Here you can see that we do not have any item which is sold in bulk. This includes also the handbags and small leather items. We want each piece to be exclusive for small circle of customers, with luxurious Swarovski crystals adorning you with beauty and unforgettable brilliance shining from each crystal.


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