Have you ever wondered who created the dazzling Swarovski crystal? or why the crystal has been around for so long? and Some ask why so expensive? The ladies at Sage Accessories have become huge fans of the sparkling crystal that doesn't seem to ever lose it's luster. We decided to look into the history of the Swarovski crystal and educate, as it has a strong family story behind the creation and longevity.
Born in 1862 Daniel Swarovski, formerly David Swartz, lived in Bohemia. As a young boy Daniel worked for his father, who owned a glass cutting factory in their small village. Daniel went on to Paris to study violin but soon found a interest in modern technology and science seeing a use of electricity to grind glass. In 1892 Daniel Swarovski invented a machine for making precision-cut, beautiful, high quality lead glass crystals using quartz, sand, and minerals. The exact proportions of these raw material has remained a company secret. In 1908 Daniel's three sons joined the company, making it a family enterprise. The company moved to the United States becoming popular with the fashion industry including Coco Chanel, Louis Vuitton and D&G was the first designers to take notice using it in their finery.
Five generations has continued making these crystals out of their factory in Wattens Austria.
Why are Swarovski crystals more expensive than glass?
According to Daniel Swarovski, "Cutting hard materials such as crystal and gems, in such a way that they have a hundred identical facets in several directions is a very complicated task; each direction of the reflected light must be calculated by computer, then this has to be simulated in 3D, optimized and finally converted into control programs for complex machinery."
How should you care for your beautiful Crystal?
The same as your fine jewelry. Avoid exposing the crystals to water, chemicals, or harsh treatment from work or sports. Always remove prior to swimming and after applying makeup or lotions. Mild soap, water and a soft cloth should sparkle up your crystal. Store your crystals in tissue paper or a soft cloth to guard against scratches.
One of our favorite designers, KONPLOTT uses Swarovski crystals in her designs which are exquisite! Take a look at our selection of holiday pieces from a very talented lady.