Swarovski crystal was born when Benhan-born Daniel Swarovski invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens. Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.

Swarovski range

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor and chandeliers. They also sell beads and rhinestones, encouraging other manufacturers, artists and consumers to create their own designs.

Aurora Borealis

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Other coatings include Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.


A recent development was the 2004 release of Xilion, a new copyrighted cut designed to optimise the brilliance of Roses (crystal components with flat backs) and Chatons (diamond cut).

From Edelweiss to Swan

All Straas sculptures are marked with a logo. The original Swarovski logo was an edelweiss flower, but was replaced with the current swan logo in 1988.

Swarovski value and price guide

What's your 'Swarovski' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Ds 5 25x52 P Digital Rifle Scope 71000 05/2019 $4 499.00
Soulmates Black Panther Limited Edition 06/2019 $4 350.00
Atx 95mm Angled Spotting Scope 30 70x 04/2019 $3 812.47
Crystal The Bald Eagle Lim Edition 2011 06/2019 $3 613.66
Bald Eagle In Original Box Cert Gloves 04/2019 $3 499.99
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