Feb 292012
 

February 29, is a day that we seldom see on newspapers, checks, bills, etc.  But in 2012, here it is…..so enjoy the unusual date.  Happy Leap Year Day!

Swarovski has produced about 4 different leap frogs which are a part of the Silver Crystal product line.

Swarovski Crystal Leap Frogs

Swarovski Silver Crystal Frogs

  1. Swarovski Frog – This Swarovski frog has the product identification #7642 000 001 / 183 113..  This leap frog is clear and is a part of the “In the Secret Garden” theme group.  The Frog was produced 1994 – 1996, so it will only have the Swan logo.
  2. Swarovski Baby Frog – This Swarovski frog is clear and is a part of the “In the Secret Garden” theme group.  The Baby Frog was introduced in 2002, but is current so it can be purchased at the online shoppe for $50.  The Swarovski Baby Frog identification #’s are 7642 000 002 / 286 313.
  3. Swarovski Prince Frog (Black Eyes) – This Swarovski frog has a clear body, a clear crown, and black eyes.  The Prince Frog was introduced in 1984, and this variation was retired in 1991.  Because of the timeframe it was produced, it can be found with either of the Swarovski logo markings:  Block SC logo OR Swan logo.
  4. Swarovski Prince Frog (Clear Eyes) – This Swarovski frog has a clear body,a clear crown, and clear eyes.  It has the same crystal body as the black-eyed Prince Frog, but with different eyes.  This variation of the Prince Frog was discontinued in 1985, and for this reason, an authentic variation can be found with only the old Block SC logo.  Swarovski crystal fanatics should use caution when purchasing a Prince Frog with Clear Eyes, paying close attention to possible eye alteration and the logo to ensure that is is an original Swarovski factory creation.

So, if you are considering to purchase this army of leap frogs, they can be found at the Crystal Exchange America in the Swarovski Sea Life category.  The Frog starts at $65.  The Baby Frog starts at $35.  The Prince Frog starts at $200 for one with clear eyes and $65 for one with black eyes.

Feb 152012
 

Yesterday, I learned about a new line of Swarovski jewelry with a younger target market.  The new sub-brand called Lola and Grace is in the works geared toward a more youthful audience.  One article indicated a ‘teen market’.  Yet another article suggested young women in their early twenties.  Either way, I’d expect something very trendy and most importantly, affordable by the very consumer they hope to catch.

Apparently, the Swarovski Lola and Grace idea conception was near October, 2010.  For name recognition and brand awareness, the crystal brand launched a website dedicated to Swarovski Lola&Grace.

Lola and Grace by Swarovski logo

Swarovski Lola&Grace

The Lola&Grace logo features black, white, and berry in a simple circular design. Consumers should expect to see these brand colors on their packaging and stand-alone stores (similar to Swarovski boutiques).  The first store, scheduled to open in March, 2012, will be in London’s Westfield Stratford City Mall.  The Swarovski Lola&Grace web site is also supposed to become an e-commerce site so that the new jewelry products can be purchased there as well.  (I did not find any launch date for e-commerce).

Lola&Grace will produce four seasonal collections that Nina Müller, general manager of the Swarovski brand, says “combine the latest catwalk trends with a blend of cultural influences … and marries contemporary and vintage design for all occasions.”

In December, 2011, Swarovski uploaded a brief video to YouTube branding their newest line Lola&Grace.


The crystal giant has a BUNCH of Swarovski Jewelry on their website.  Their selection presently includes bangles, bracelets, brooches, clip earrings, cuff links, necklaces, pendants, pierced earrings, pins, rings, and sets.  As jewelry, by nature, can be quite trendy, designs retire quicker than items like crystal figurines.  For those looking for Retired Swarovski Jewelry, check out the Crystal Exchange America website.

Feb 132012
 

Swarovski has officially announced that the House of Cats are gaining some new members in the Lovlots City community.

Swarovski House of Cats Andy

Swarovski Lovlots Andy

The Swarovski Cats in the House of Cats include:

  • Swarovski Alexander – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a grayish kitten.  Lovlots Alexander is a 2012 introduction and will retail for $205.
  • Swarovski Andy – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a light emerald kitten.  Lovlots Andy is a 2012 introduction and will retail for $80.
  • Swarovski Camille – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a copper cat.  Lovlots Camille retired in 2011.
  • Swarovski Diane – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a golden shadow cat.   Lovlots Diane retired in 2011.
  • Swarovski Emily – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a cat.   Lovlots Emily presently retails for $60.
  • Swarovski Ines – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a cat.   Lovlots Emily presently retails for $90.
  • Swarovski Katie – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a light violet kitten and sports a pearlish pink bow atop her head.  Lovlots Katie is a 2012 introduction and will retail for $60.
  • Swarovski Pierre & Marie –  These Lovlots House of Cats figurines are sapphire and hot pink cats.   Lovlots Pierre & Marie retired in 2011.
  • Swarovski Theo – This House of Cats figurine is the Limited Edition figurine for the House of Cats collection.  In 2009, Lovlots Theo retailed for $55 and now sells near $150
  • Swarovski Tom – This Lovlots House of Cats figurine is a light sapphire kitten.  Lovlots Tom is a 2012 introduction and will retail for $75.

Per the crystal giant’s site article, the four new figurines in the Swarovski House of Cats will be available for purchase in their online shoppe on March 5, 2012.

The Kristall Buzz features other articles about the 2012 Lovlots product line:

Swarovski crystal fanatics can find a comprehensive listing of Swarovski Lovlots crystal figurines at Crystal Exchange America.  Collectors looking to purchase retired or discontinued Swarovski Lovlots,  should look at Crystal Exchange America in the category “Lovlots and Zodiac”.

Feb 092012
 

Swarovski has officially announced that the Birds on Broadway are becoming part of the Lovlots City community.

Swarovski Lovlots Jenna

2012 Swarovski Lovlots Jenna (Birds on Broadway collection)

The six new Swarovski Birds in the Lovlots Birds on Broadway collection include:

  • Swarovski Audrey  – This Lovlots Birds on Broadway figurine is a clear swan.  Lovlots Audrey  will retail for $180.
  • Swarovski Ginger  – This Lovlots Birds on Broadway figurine is a fuscia-colored crane.  Lovlots Ginger will retail for $100.
  • Swarovski Jim & Jess – These Lovlots Birds on Broadway are singing and dancing birds.  Jess is yellow and Jim is lavender.  Lovlots Jim and Jess will retail for $110.
  • Swarovski Fred – This Lovlots Birds on Broadway figurine is the Limited Edition figurine for the Birds on Broadway collection.  Lovlots Fred is a vulture and will retail for $80.  Lovlots Fred will only be available in 2012.
  • Swarovski Jenna  – This Lovlots Birds on Broadway figurine is a pink girly-girl baby bird.  Lovlots Jenna will retail for $50.
  • Swarovski Justin  – This Lovlots Birds on Broadway figurine is a light blue baby bird.  Lovlots Justin will retail for $50.

According to the article on the crystal brand’s site, the Swarovski Birds on Broadway will be available for purchase in their online shoppe on March 5, 2012.

Swarovski crystal fanatics can find a complete list of Swarovski Lovlots crystal figurines at Crystal Exchange America.  Collectors looking to purchase retired or discontinued Swarovski Lovlots figurines, can find them at Crystal Exchange America in the category “Lovlots and Zodiac”.

Feb 082012
 

Swarovski boutiques and retailers are hosting Jubilation Events at the end of February.

The Swarovski Jubilation takes place February 23  – 26, 2012. The Jubilation is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Swarovski Crystal Society as well as an instant redemption opportunity to purchase the Swarovski Paikea Whale.

Swarovski Paikea Whale offered at Jubilation

Swarovski Jubilation Postcard featuring Swarovski Paikea Whale

Swarovski Tack Pin, Window Gem and Crystallized Chopsticks

SCS Tack Pin, SCS Window Gem and SCS Crystallized Chopsticks

 

 

On February 23, a private SCS member reception is being held from 5:00 – 8:00 where exclusive SCS gifts can be obtained with “qualifying” purchases.  From the postcard images, it appears that these SCS gifts include an SCS Window Gem and SCS Crystallized Chopsticks.

For all SCS members who purchase the Swarovski club Annual Edition Swarovski Paikea Whale during the Jubilation, those members will receive a special SCS Tack Pin.

Swarovski crystal fanatics should contact their favorite boutique or store to see if they are hosting a Swarovski Jubilation Event.

If you are a new Swarovski collector, use the Swarovski store finder to find a boutique or authorized retailer closest to you.  Also, new crystal collectors may be interested in obtaining older (retired) Swarovski club figurines.  Retired Swarovski Club figurines from 1987 thru 2011 can be purchased at Crystal Exchange America.  These Swarovski SCS figurines are in the category  “Collector Society / SCS”, sub-category “Annual and Limited Editions”.

Feb 072012
 

Yesterday I wrote about all the new 2012 Swarovski Crystal Hearts as well as the Swarovski SCS Heart figurines produced in the 1990’s.

Swarovski still has many other heart designs if none of these seemed quite right for your special someone.

From 2004 – 2008, the crystal brand produced Limited Edition Swarovski Heart Ornaments.  These limited edition ornaments were annual editions and were laser etched with the production year and were hung by a ribbon.

Also, during the near same time frame of 2004 – 2007, Swarovski utilized the heart design for promotional collectibles for SCS members celebrating Swarovski AE figurines at Swarovski store events.  These Swarovski Hearts include:

Swarovski Hearts for Special Swarovski Events

Swarovski Crystal Hearts

  1. Swarovski Yellow Heart, celebrating Anna, the Swarovski SCS figurine in 2004.  It is decorated with Anna’s ballet shoes and the year 2004.
  2. Swarovski Topaz Heart, celebrating Harmony, the Swarovski SCS figurine in 2005.  It is decorated with a starfish and the year 2005.
  3. Swarovski Blue Heart, celebrating Eternity, the Swarovski SCS figurine in 2006. It is decorated with a shell and the year 2006.
  4. Swarovski Clear Heart, celebrating Community, the Swarovski SCS figurine in 2007.  It is decorated with a spiral shell and the year 2007.

These promotional hearts are all about 1.5” in height and retailed in the $45 – $50 price range at the time they were offered.  They have flat surface areas featuring the small etching related to its corresponding annual edition theme.  These Swarovski event hearts are a bit more difficult to find, but are still generally reasonably priced at less than $100 each.

One of these Swarovski crystal heart figurines may be just what you were looking for to give your special someone during your Valentine’s Day dinner!

Feb 062012
 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you may be searching for that ideal gift for that special someone in your life.  Well, if that special someone is among the community of Swarovski fanatics, a Swarovski heart may be a gift to consider purchasing.

If your special someone is a seasoned Swarovski collector, you’ll want to check out the newest Swarovski heart releases to ensure that the heart gift is not already in his/her crystal collection.  Swarovski has created 4 new hearts for 2012:

Swarovski Love Hearts - 2012 Crystal Introductions

Swarovski Crystal Love Hearts

  1. Swarovski  Love Heart, Kakadu Red, large – 1096730.  This crystal heart is about 2.5” high and retails for $165 in the online shoppe.  Despite the colorful description, the heart in the picture on the Swarovski site appears to be pink on the left side, and mauve on the right side.
  2. Swarovski Love Heart, Light Siam, medium – 1096728.  This Swarovski heart is about 1.75” high and has a price tag of $95 on the online shoppe.  According to the image on the crystal brand’s site, the left side appears pink and the right side appears red.
  3. Swarovski Love Heart, Light Siam, small – 1096727.  It measures 1″ high (but is indicated on the Swarovski shoppe with a height of 2”) and it costs only $48.  This Swarovski heart is all red, but divided in half, which slightly different shades on the left and right sides.
  4. Swarovski Love Heart, Crystal Silver Shade, medium – 1096729.  This Swarovski crystal heart is not pink or red;  instead the left side is clear and the right side more of a light grey (Swarovski calls it silver shade).  Then there are about 10 hearts laser engraved on the crystal heart figurine.  This special heart retails for $95 in the Swarovski shoppe.

If your special someone is a new Swarovski crystal collector, you may want to consider the retired Swarovski heart figurines that were available exclusively to Swarovski SCS members in the 1990’s.  These Swarovski hearts are a single crystal stone and have a constant color throughout.

Swarovski Red, Blue, and Clear Crystal Hearts

Swarovski SCS Hearts

  1. Swarovski SCS Heart, Clear – 199 130.  This Swarovski SCS Heart is clear in color and is just over 1.5” in height.  It was not available for purchase, but was a gift to SCS members in 1996.  The clear heart may be found with or without the Swarovski Swan logo.  It can generally be purchased for $45 – $75 on the Crystal Exchange America website.
  2. Swarovski SCS Heart, Blue – 210 899.  This Swarovski SCS Heart is blue in color and is just over 1.5” in height.   It was not available for purchase, but was a gift to SCS members in 1997.  The blue heart features the Swarovski Swan logo.  It can generally be purchased for $55 – $75 on the Crystal Exchange America website.
  3. Swarovski SCS Heart, Red – 215 371.  This Swarovski SCS Heart is red in color and is just over 1.5” in height.   It was not available for purchase, but was a gift to SCS members in 1998.  The red heart features the Swarovski Swan logo.  It can generally be purchased for $40 – $60 on the Crystal Exchange America website.

No matter which Swarovski heart catches your eye, or more importantly, you think will catch the eye of your loved one(s), be sure to get your order in soon to allow for a successful delivery!

Feb 032012
 

Swarovski Longwang Dragon is presently on display at the Swarovski Boutique in Indianapolis, Indiana which is the hosting city for the Football Super Bowl in 2012.

Swarovski Longwang, Crystal Myriad Dragon

Swarovski Crystal Myriad Dragon Longwang

Whether you live in Indy or are lucky enough to be in the area for the Super Bowl or some other occasion, this may be a great opportunity to see the magnificent dragon crystal myriad!

Swarovski Longwang is at

Circle Centre Swarovski Boutique
49 W MARYLAND ST
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana   46204

I did not inquire as to how long this Swarovski Dragon Crystal Myriad will be on display, so if crystal fanatics are planning to view the item at the boutique, should phone in advance to confirm that Longwang is still on display.  The store can be reached at  317.686.9376