Sep 042011
 

In 2001, Swarovski began producing small zodiac figurines, but it was not until 2003 that they produced the first Swarovski  Zodiac Rabbit.  Last year (2010), the crystal company produced two more Chinese Zodiac Rabbits.  This exclusive article by the Kristall Buzz contains information and contrasting features about the zodiac Swarovski Rabbit figurines produced by our favorite crystal brand.

Swarovski Zodiac Rabbit Figurines

Chinese Zodiac Rabbit (left), Zodiac Rabbit (center), Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Rabbit (right)

Swarovski Zodiac Rabbit – The first zodiac rabbit was a part of the Swarovski Silver Crystal product line, in the “Chinese Zodiacs” theme group.  This zodiac rabbit is on the smaller side, measuring about 1.25” in height.  The Swarovski identification numbers are 7693 000 009 / 622 845. It was designed by Anton Hirzinger.  The zodiac rabbit was introduced in 2003 and it retired in 2005.  This zodiac rabbit originally retailed for $60.

Zodiac Rabbit Seal on Swarovski figurine

Chinese Zodiac Rabbit Seal

In 2010, Swarovski released two more zodiac rabbits.  These rabbits are larger and are in the “Chinese Zodiacs” collection.  Both 2010 releases measure about 4.25” in height.  Both are mounted on a clear crystal base.  Underneath, the clear base in engraved in matte finish with an English and Chinese seal script.  These Zodiac figurines are the result of a collaboration between Swarovski and CAFA.

Swarovski Chinese Zodiac Rabbit – The most common Chinese Zodiac Rabbit can be identified using Swarovski’s part number and system number: 9100 000 190 / 1 046 179 .   The color is silver shade.   It retails for $300.

Swarovski Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac RabbitThe other rabbit is the Chinese Zodiac Rabbit, Limited Edition.  The Swarovski identification numbers are Limited Edition – 9100 000 192 / 1 046 377.  The color for this figurine is golden shine.  It has the inscription ‘Limited Edition 2011’ in the base.  This limited edition figurine was available in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau October, 2010 – January 2012.  Being a limited edition, this figurine also includes a special certificate.   Check out the Kristall Buzz article: Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity for Chinese Zodiacs for more information on the certificate.

You are a Rabbit if you were born in these years: 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011 (add or subtract 12 years to continue the pattern).  You Rabbits can google ‘chinese rabbit personality’ for more information on personality traits and characteristics.

All three Swarovski Zodiac Rabbit figurines can be purchased either from Swarovski or a reputable retired Swarovski dealer:

Jan 302011
 

Recently, I wrote about the Swarovski certificate of authenticity included with Swarovski Crystal figurines. After posting the article, I remembered that the limited edition Chinese Zodiac figurines do indeed include a unique Swarovski certificate of authenticity.

Starting off with some background information, Swarovski has a crystal collection known as the Chinese Zodiac.  These crystal figurines are produced in silver shade crystal.  While there are 12 different animals representing the Chinese astrology, Swarovski presently has only six Chinese Zodiac figurines (under $300):
  • Swarovski Zodiac Dog (2006)
  • Swarovski Zodiac Horse (2002, 2014)
  • Swarovski Zodiac Pig (2007)
  • Swarovski Zodiac Rabbit (2011)
  • Swarovski Zodiac Sheep (2003, 2015)
  • Swarovski Zodiac Tiger (2010)
In the Asian market, the company produced some limited edition Swarovski Chinese Zodiac figurines.  These crystal figurines are different from the six above in that they are:
  • Limited by year of production
  • Crystal golden shine in color (not clear silver shade crystal)
  • Include a special Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity (stating limited edition figurine)

Two golden shadow limited edition Swarovski Chinese Zodiacfigurines have been produced to date:

  • Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Tiger
  • Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Rabbit

All these Chinese Zodiacs have a fold-out card titled ‘The Chinese Zodiac’.  The information is printed in both Chinese and English.  This is not a Swarovski certificate of authenticity; it is a brochure that discusses the Chinese Zodiac astrology personalities.  It is included with all Chinese Zodiac figurines.  However, the limited edition Chinese Zodiac figurines also have a certificate of authenticity specific to the figurine.

Swarovski Chinese Zodiac fold-out card (included with all Chinese Zodiac figurines)

Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity for the Limited Edition Chinese Zodiac Tiger

All this being said, in 2011, Swarovski is making two more Chinese Zodiac figurines.  These are in crystal golden shine, but are NOT limited editions. The 2011 releases are much larger and much more expensive (over $850 retail). While I would assume that these Large Chinese Zodiac figurines include ‘The Chinese Zodiac’ fold out card, since I don’t have either of them in my collection, I cannot say for certain.  The 2011 Chinese Zodiac introductions are

Since the limited edition Chinese Zodiacs were only available retail market in China, most Swarovski crystal fanatics wanting them were forced to turn to the online auctions or Swarovski secondary market dealers to secure the figurines for their collection.  Crystal Exchange America presently has listings for the limited edition Zodiac Tiger and limited edition Zodiac Rabbit.  No matter who the supplying source is, be sure that your limited edition Chinese Zodiac includes the Swarovski certificate of authenticity for maximum resale value.

Nov 082010
 

Swarovski has introduced another Limited Edition Swarovski figurine.  The crystal figurine is the Swarovski Limited Edition Golden Rabbit.  The Swarovski system number for the item is 1046377.  This Swarovski figurine was produced for the collecting community in China only.

According to the ebay ads I read, the figurine has the inscription “Limited Edition 2011″.

So, if you are not in China, you may want to check out some of the ebay ads below to purchase:

(These ebay sellers are not endorsed by me.  I have not purchased anything from either one of them.)
Good luck bidding if you looking to aquire this Limited Edition Swarovski figurine!