A worldwide leader in jewellery and accessories, very few aren’t familiar with the Swarovski name. Founded with the vision to offer accessible luxury, the brand has kept to its core values for more than 125 years. With a passion for innovation, Swarovski’s focus lays with inspiring trends, creating outstanding designs and leading the world jewellery market. The brand has been built on a tradition of pushing the boundaries of crystals. All its designs are infused with years of experience and showcase a remarkable attention to detail. Below we have explored its history and curated a list of Swarovski jewellery and watch recommendations to introduce you into the dazzling world of the brand.
Swarovski was founded in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski. Swarovski wanted to create “a diamond for everyone”. In 1891 he developed an electric cutting machine which revolutionised the accuracy with which crystal was cut. This opened an entirely new avenue for clothing and jewellery designers. Becoming a hit during the 1920s, Swarovski’s crystals became a symbol of hope and excitement in the post-World War I world.
With the 1950s rose a new era for Swarovski. Through collaboration with Dior, the “Aurora Borealis” effect was introduced to the crystals. The opalescent glimmer gave new life to the crystals and created a world of possibilities for designers. Featured in movies such as “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Swarovski became a household name. In 1962 the iconic Marilyn Monroe took the phrase “dripping with diamonds” literally and performed for president John F. Kennedy in a floor length skin-coloured gown covered in Swarovski crystals. The dress was later auctioned off for 1.26 million dollars in 1999.
Seeing such worldwide success, Swarovski opened its first boutiques in the 1980s. That same year, the brand introduced its limited edition Christmas ornaments and created a new tradition for thousands while cementing its spot as the forerunner in the jewelry industry. Since then Swarovski crystals have been used to adorn not only clothing and accessories but to create art and interior design pieces.
This Swarovski timepiece has a stainless steel bracelet and case plated in rose gold. Its avant-garde dial design is inspired by raindrops. The glamorous sparkling effect is achieved through the approximately 1000 crystals filling the dial. Subtly contrasting the outer crystal filled section of the dial is the sunray silver-coloured center. Rose gold dauphine hands and thin rose gold indices tie in the elegant watch design.
If you prefer darker colours but are still intrigued by the luxurious glimmer of the crystals, this sleek monochrome watch is the one for you. The model has a simplistic silhouette with a large round case and a bracelet. Both the bracelet and the strap are made of stainless steel and PVD coated in black. It’s sleek design is accentuated by the black crystal encrusted bezel. The dial is covered in black glitter and contrasted by a set of rose gold baton hands and thin indices.
An elegant and glamorous combination of the two previous models, this Swarovski timepiece offers a distinctly sleek appearance with a touch of shimmer. Its design is understated yet modern. The lugs are positioned wide on either side of the round stainless steel case. The watch’s bracelet is also made of polished stainless steel. The central black sunray dial is surrounded by approximately 800 black crystals. Rose gold dauphine hands and indices complete the design.
Swarovski understands that its timepieces are more than watches. They are an integral formal and everyday accessory. This watch combines the glamour of jewellery with the practicality a timepiece carries. The stainless steel case is simple and minimalist. The white dial is set with 3 crystals and complemented by a set of silver-coloured hands. On this model the bangle is truly the centre of attention. Covered in crystals, its design is bold and inspiring.
This watch’s extravagant design is sure to make you stand out. The case is integrated into the bangle through a swirl-like design. They are made of rose gold PVD coated stainless steel. The bezel and either side of the bangle are set with crystals for a more high-end, luxurious look. Its white sunray dial adds a touch of elegance. The dial is complemented by 3 thin indices, a set of baton hands and the Swarovski rose gold swan logo as the 12 o’clock hour marker.
An elegant sophisticated piece this Swarovski was created in celebration of the brand’s 125th anniversary. Its design interprets the spiral jewellery trend and makes it its own. The bangle is set down its length with light blue crystals accentuating the simple refinement at the core of any Swarovski piece.
Bold and opulent, these earrings are everything you will need to complete your wardrobe. The small hoops are set with crystals on the outside and partially on the inside of the curve. From them dangle large radiant-cut crystals in a brilliant deep green. The green crystal is surrounded by smaller white crystals for a high-end halo look. The earrings are versatile and suitable for day and night wear as the dangling green crystals can be removed thus turning the luxurious bold earrings into small simple dazzling hoops. The metal on the earrings is rhodium plated.
Whether a promise ring, an engagement ring or a gift for yourself, this Swarovski ring is sure to be an instant hit. The ring is plated in a soft rose gold colour. Crystals are set into the band. In the middle, surrounded by a halot of crystals set into the metal, is suspended a large glimmering “dancing” crystal.
If you’re after something simpler, this rhodium plated necklace is just for you. A polished circle features a star or snowflake-like crystal-set shape inside. In the middle dangles a larger single crystal. The necklace is perfect to be worn on its own or to be combined with other pieces for a trendy layered look.
Simple and refined, these Swarovski earrings embody classic beauty. The stud earrings feature a crystal pearl and a singular set crystal under it. Their design is understated yet elegant. Whether for everyday wear or for formal occasions, these earrings are a must have.
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