May 302012
 

May 29, 2012, our favorite crystal brand officially released the Swarovski Bubble Mo for purchase in their online shoppe.

The Swarovski Mo herd is excited to welcome the new blue cow to the Lovlots family.  The Mo Herd presently consists of….

Swarovski Bubble Mo, New Blue Cow

Swarovski Bubble Mo, Lovlots Blue Cow, Limited Edition 2012

  • Swarovski Alabaster Mo (2007 Exclusive Edition)
  • Swarovski Belle Mo (2010 – 2012)
  • Swarovski Bubble Mo, Limited Edition 2012
  • Swarovski Charming Mo, Limited Edition 2011
  • Swarovski Country Mos, Limited Edition 2010
  • Swarovski Flower Mo, Limited Edition 2009
  • Swarovski Glamour Mos, Limited Edition 2010
  • Swarovski Halloween Mo, Limited Edition 2009
  • Swarovski Lucky Mo, Limited Edition 2012
  • Swarovski Missy Mo (2006 – 2012)
  • Swarovski Missy Mo, Large (2006 – 2009)
  • Swarovski Pinky Mo, Limited Edition 2007
  • Swarovski Santa Mo, Limited Edition 2011
  • Swarovski Soccer Mo, Limited Edition 2008
  • Swarovski Sunshine Mo, Limited Edition 2011

On the crystal brand’s web site, they state that Limited Edition Swarovski Bubble Mo will be limited to 10 per person.  This guideline is in place to ensure that many collectors can purchase them directly from Swarovski at original retail price of $65.  If there were no maximum quantity in place (as has long been the practice on the Swarovski Mo figurines), they can be quickly found in the online auctions at higher prices, which does not make dedicated collectors very happy.

Swarovski Bubble Mo blue cow is about 1 ¾” height.  The company uses these colors in their official product description: Scuba Blue, Air Blue Opal, and Lavender crystal.  Swarovski mentions that the laser engraved bubbles are symbolic of “bubbles of excitement” in the product description.

Collectors wanting any of the retired or discontinued cow Swarovski Mo figurines can likely find them at Crystal Exchange America in the ‘Lovlots and Zodiac’ category of the store.

I’m placing my order today for the Limited Edition Lovlots Bubble Mo.  I hope she is as cute in person as she looks online!

May 052012
 

The Swarovski Wild Horses were the third Swarovski NLE produced for SCS members, available in 2001.  This Swarovski masterpiece celebrated 25 years for the Swarovski Silver crystal product line.  The Swarovski Limited Edition Wild Horses are my favorite of the NLE that was produced by the crystal giant.

Swarovski Wild Horses, Limited Edition in 2001

Swarovski Numbered Limited Edition Wild Horses

The NLE Wild Horses were designed by Martin Zendron, who is credited with over 80 figurines to date.  The Swarovski Wild Horses were a result researching and watching mustangs in North America and horses in the Austrian Alps.

10,000 Swarovski Wild Horses were produced, along with 150 production samples.  This Swarovski NLE was the first NLE to utilize frosted accents.  Frosting was used on the manes and tails, along with the flat base that the pair of clear horses is attached to.  The 2001 Wild Horses is just over 13” long and is about 5 ½” tall.  Swarovski assigned the part number 7607 000 003 and system number 236 720 to the 2001 Wild Horses.

Like all the previous Swarovski NLE, the Wild Horses came in a grey leather-like suitcase, with gloves and a cleaning cloth.  This suitcase lock for this figurine does not use a key like previous NLE cases (Eagle and Peacock).  This was more convenient to avoid issues with key loss, as well as it being more secure with 2 separate latches.  Additionally, this figurine is accompanied by an official signed Swarovski certificate that includes the unique sequence number that matches the laser-engraved number in the base of the Wild Horses.  A full color presentation book was also included in the box

The Wild Horses has a separate black wooden stand to make the figurine a bit more stable.  Swarovski also used the concept of a separate display stand for 4 NLE.  (I never cared for the display stands as this blocked light in my crystal cabinet making it more difficult to enjoy figurines displayed on shelves below the stands.)

The Numbered Limited Edition Swarovski Wild Horses had the 2nd highest original MSRP of $4000, outdone only by the Swarovski NLE Rhinoceros in 2008 at $4125.  On the secondary market, the Wild Horses is out-performing all the other Swarovski NLE, presently selling at $3900 – $4700 for recent transactions.

If you want to own the unique Swarovski crystal masterpiece, the Swarovski Wild Horses, available only to SCS members in 2001, Crystal Exchange America does have a few available.  Simply visit their online store at www.CrystalExchange.com and then navigate to the Collector Society / SCS category, then SCS Annual & Limited Editions.

May 022012
 

In 1995, Swarovski produced one of its first numbered limited edition figurines, the Swarovski Limited Edition Eagle.  My parents were charter SCS members and I remember them being notified of the exclusive offer available to USA collectors….the opportunity to purchase this figurine at a retail price of $1750.   Within hours of the notification, they rushed to the local FedEx facility and overnighted the required paperwork and payment…after all, there were only 2900 of 10,000 allocated to the USA SCS members….who wouldn’t be in a rush?

Swarovski 1995 Limited Edition Eagle

1995 Limited Edition Swarovski Eagle

Meanwhile, it seems that all other areas of the crystal-collecting world had little to no restrictions for consumers.  While it is unclear how many were reserved for the various markets, in Canada and in Europe, there was no prerequisite for the paying customer to be an SCS member, nor any rule indicating that there was only one Swarovski Eagle per customer.  So, in 1995, in other regions, “anyone” could walk into a store that had the Numbered Limited Edition Eagle and purchase 2 or 3 if the store had them available.  While the purchase process was quite select in the USA, leading collectors to think this was perhaps a premium offering, that was not quite the case.  And in 1995, with the internet still in infancy, no one knew any different.

The Swarovski Limited Edition Eagle sold out in the USA very quickly.  USA Swarovski collectors who pondered the opportunity to purchase most likely missed out.  Secondary market prices began to rise quickly.  By 1998 / 1999, the Swarovski Eagle was selling in the $6500 – $7500 price range.  Prices settled down, and remained steady at $4900 – $5500 2003 through 2005.

Broken / Damaged 1995 Limited Edition Swarovski Eagle

Unglued Swarovski Limited Edition 1995 Eagle

Around 2002, we began hearing stories, and experiencing first hand, feathers detaching from the wings, wings detaching from bodies, and bodies detaching from bases.  For the most part, this was an issue of the glue letting loose and mostly occurring during shipping.  The damage to the Swarovski Eagle became a bigger problem when shipping carriers (US Mail, UPS,  FedEx, etc) would deny claims since this was likely a manufacturer issue, not a rough handling issue.  But when little feathers detached and would rattle around inside the box, many feathers and other crystal components became nicked and chipped, ultimately leaving very little worth or salvage to the remainder of the Limited Edition Eagle.

So about this time, Crystal Exchange America changed their policies on selling Eagles.  The Swarovski Numberd Limited Edition Eagle would have to be personally delivered or personally picked up to avoid the Eagle from becoming damaged.  If delivered, the company would basically buy a contractor a seat on a plane, arrange a meeting place and time for the contractor and buyer to meet for the exchange, and fly the contractor home.  Crystal Exchange America continued selling the Swarovski Eagle in this fashion until 2008.

In 2008, Crystal Exchange America ceased selling the Swarovski Eagle.  More and more eagles were coming unglued in display cases, as well as inside the manufacturer packaging.  The risk was simply far too great that something would go awry on such a high dollar figurine.  Also, in 2007 and 2008 Swarovski Eagle prices dropped dramatically, with an average selling price of just under $4000.

Why does the ‘unglue’ issue occur on the Swarovski 1995 Eagle?  I believe there are two main reasons.

  1. Less was known about the adhesive and its long-term bonding on very large figurines.  Remember…this was the biggest figurine ever produced.
  2. There was such little surface area to glue, that makes it more difficult to maintain a strong bond.

So, now, in 2012, what is happening with the 1995 Limited Edition Swarovski Eagle?  I checked ebay, and there are only a few completed sales on them, with prices ranging $2400 – $2900.  Prices seem quite low these days.  If you are a Swarovski crystal collector, I’d suggest purchasing the Swarovski Limited Edition 2011 Bald Eagle instead…..I would not recommend buying the 1995 Eagle since the ‘detaching’ is quite wide-spread at this point.  It does not matter if the Eagle is on display or safely stored in its shipping suitcase, detachment is a serious problem and concern for such an expensive figurine.

If you have the 1995 Limited Edition Eagle, and it is no longer intact, you can contact www.TCWizard.com for a reglue quote.  The Crystal Wizard can re-assemble the 1995 Limited Edition Eagle with proper factory adhesive so that it does look brand new again.

We frequently hear stories of collectors pulling them out of storage thinking they’ve got to be worth $10,000 or more by now.  Sadly, when they phone us about selling, they get the unexpected news that the value is far, far less.  And the news gets worse, when they physically remove it from the case, and the Swarovski 1995 Eagle is broken or comes apart.  At that point, we can only suggest they sell it damaged / as is, or pay for a professional to reglue the entire figurine.

While this article is not one of a positive nature, I hope that it does provide some insight if you are considering to purchase the 1995 Swarovski NLE Eagle or that it offers an alternative if yours is not ‘whole’ that you may have options so that it could be beautifully displayed in your case.

Apr 252012
 

Yesterday, I found an update on the crystal brand’s web site regarding the launch date of the upcoming Limited Edition Swarovski Bubble Mo.  The company has announced to its SCS members that the 2012 Limited Edition Bubble Mo will be available for purchase in the online shoppe May 29.

Lovlots Limited Edition Bubble Mo by Swarovski

Swarovski Lovlots Limited Edition Bubble Mo

Swarovski Lovlots Bubble Mo is about 1 ¾” in height.  The company uses these colors in their official product description: Scuba Blue, Air Blue Opal, and Lavender crystal.  Swarovski mentions that the laser engraved bubbles are symbolic of “bubbles of joy” in the SCS news, and calls them “bubbles of excitement” in the product description.

Swarovski states in their announcement, that the Swarovski Bubble Mo blue cow figurines will be limited to 10 per person.  But don’t forget, there is only one Swarovski certificate per online order (modification in 2011), so if you desire a certificate for each Limited Edition Bubble Mo (which may not be a bad idea at all!), collectors should purchase one Bubble Mo per order.  Just remember, if you order one crystal figurine per order, additional shipping charges may be applied to the order.

The Swarovski Lovlots Bubble Mo (blue cow) and Swarovski Lovlots Lucky Mo (green cow) are both Limited Editions that are only available in 2012, hence retiring at the end of the year if not sold out prior to that date.  There are about 15 Swarovski Lovlots figurines that are retiring in 2012.  Other Lovlots may be slated for retirement later in the year, but those figurines (if any) have not yet been announced.  These Swarovski Lovlots Retirements can be found at www.RetiredSwarovski.com in the Swarovski Lovlots product line (down the left side of the browser window).

Apr 172012
 

Yesterday, I came across this Swarovski blue cow (by accident I must say) on the crystal brand’s web site: Swarovski Bubble Mo!  This discovery was quite the surprise!

Swarovski Bubble Mo, Lovlots Limited Online Edition

Swarovski Lovlots Bubble Mo, LE 2012

According to the product description, Swarovski Bubble Mo will be an online exclusive that will retail for $65 USD.  The blue bubble decorations are laser engraved into the crystal, not tiny decals like some of the other decorations on the limited edition mo figurines.  While the Lovlots Bubble Mo will be available only in 2012, I did not see any information on the launch date.

The crystal brand produced one other blue cow: Swarovski Belle Mo.  This Lovlots blue cow officially retires in 2012, but it does appear that it is no longer available in Swarovski’s online shoppe.

The Swarovski Lovlots Bubble Mo is one of several Limited Online Edition Mo figurines.  Other Swarovski Limited Online Edition Mos include:

So let’s give a this Lovlots blue cow, Swarovski Bubble Mo, a warm welcome to the “Lovlots Mo herd”!

Crystal Exchange America has more details about Swarovski Lovlots Mos special editions.  If you are looking specifically for the Swarovski Limited Edition Mo figurines, they can be found in the Limited Edition Swarovski category of this online store.

Apr 162012
 

Exclusively available from April 14, 2012 onwards, Swarovski is proud to present the Limited Online Edition Lime Panther.  This eclectic, eye-catching crystal sculpture is limited to 888 pieces which are only available from the Swarovski online shop.  The Limited Online Edition Lime Panther is the third in a series of online exclusive panthers. Balanced and impressive, the sculpture captures a graceful poise and seduces with its exceptional color in perfectly faceted crystal. The Black Spot granite base sets a nice contrast and further underlines the strength inherent to these famed creatures. Graceful power combined with luxurious materials which better combination could possibly grace your interior?

The Swarovski Lime Panther Online Limited Edition has a retail price of $1100.00 USD.  The system number for the crystal Lime Panther is 1142792.

Swarovski Lime Panther, Limited Online Edition

Swarovski Limited Online Edition Lime Panther

Other Swarovski Panthers available for purchase from the crystal brand include:

  1. Swarovski Soulmate Panther (clear) – 9600 000 074 / 874 337.  Introduced in 2007 and retired in 2011.
  2. Swarovski Soulmate Limited Online Edition Panther (black) – 9600 000 151 / 1060325. Introduced and sold out in 2010.
  3. Swarovski Soulmate Moroda Panther (moroda) – 1096051.  New release for 2011.
  4. Swarovski Soulmate Limited Online Edition Orange Shine Panther (copper-like) – 1096050. Introduced and sold out in 2011.

The Limited Edition Black Panther (500 units) sold out in under 48 hours according to the Swarovski web site.  The Limited Edition Orange Shine Panther (888 units) took about 3 months to sell out.

The designer for the Swarovski Soulmate Panther figurines is Heinz Tabertshofer.  All the crystal figurines are fully faceted animals attached to black spot granite bases.  The online limited editions (black and orange shine panthers) are engraved in the granite base with a unique # and the words “limited online edition”.

The Limited Edition Black Panther has been trading at favorable pricing to the seller on the secondary market, with selling prices in the $2900 to $3300 range.  The Limited Edition Orange Shine Panther has been trading prices very close to original retail price….$1200 – $1400.

I’m sure that crystal fanatics wish they had a crystal ball (pardon the pun) to know how this one is going to sell in the future…buy only one for their collection, or buy several in hopes of making a few bucks?  (Reminder….Swarovski indicates on their web site that quantities are limited to 3 per person).  I have purchased mine (just one).  One thing for sure…you’ll want place your order now, so that you won’t have to pay secondary market prices to add this Swarovski Limited Edition to your crystal collection later.

Mar 212012
 

Swarovski crystal fanatics will be intrigued to hear about a terrific deal at Crystal Exchange America!  This retired Swarovski dealer has an exceptional offer on the Swarovski NLE Elephant.

Swarovski Crystal NLE Elephant

Swarovski Limited Edition Elephant

First, some background on this special crystal sculpture figurine.  The Limited Edition Elephant was produced in 2006, with a maximum production of 10,000 units.  The Elephant originally retailed for $3250 during the time it was available from Swarovski.  This Swarovski NLE was designed by Heinz Tabertshofer and is identified with the brand’s product number 9100 000 034 and system number 854 407.  The Elephant has a length of approximately 11”.  It came with a mirrored stand for display, gloves, a certificate with a matching number to the laser-engraved crystal, and is encased in a royal blue locking suitcase.

So, hearing that the Swarovski Limited Edition Elephant was limited to 10,000 pieces, collectors would likely think this is a ‘must have’ figurine for their collection.  I looked quickly at the online auctions and found none available under $3500, and the most recent completed sale was at $3599 including shipping.  Given the additional information on this Limited Edition Elephant, Swarovski collectors may find it terrific news that Crystal Exchange America has a client willing to sell for $2000 + shipping!  This particular Swarovski Elephant is on site and inspected. The only flaw found is that there is a small chip on the underside of the back left foot, but it cannot be detected when displayed.  If this attractive price on the Swarovski Elephant is enticing enough, and you want to purchase, add this Swarovski Elephant to your cart, then proceed with the checkout process to ensure that you don’t miss out.  After this one has sold, the next lowest price Elephant is over $5100, more than $3100 higher.

Jan 192012
 

Swarovski has just uploaded a video to YouTtube showing the Crystal Myriad Longwang Dragon.



The Swarovski Longwang Dragon is the fifth Swarovski Crystal Myriad produced by the famous crystal brand.  Longwang is among many Swarovski dragon figurines being released near 2012, the Chinese Year of the Dragon.

The Swarovski Longwang Dragon is a limited edition masterpiece with a maximum production of 888, collectors might think that the dragon would be a quick sell-out.  However, as retail price tag of $20,000, that could delay a sell-out.  I checked the official Swarovski site for more information about the dragon, and it cannot be added to the shopping cart.  Might this Swarovski Numbered Limited Edition be sold out?  Or simply temporarily unavailable???

Jan 042012
 

Less than a week ago, I wrote about Swarovski Stitch figurines sold at the crystal brand’s website.  At that time, there were two variations available:  the Limited Edition Swarovski Stitch and the Swarovski Stitch Experiment 626 Limited Edition.  Both Swarovski Disney Stitch crystal figurines retail for $325, but the Experiment 626 was slightly different and has a maximum production of 626 units.

Swarovski Disney Stitch Limited Edition: Experiment 626

Disney Swarovski Stitch: Experiment 626 Limited Edition

As of yesterday, and still occurring today, the Experiment 626 Stitch appears to be available on the Swarovski web site, but errors occur when trying to add the item to the cart and checking out.  Might this be an indication that quantity remaining is extremely low or that it might be sold out?  I cannot confirm either scenario, just that at the moment, it is NOT possible to purchase it from the Swarovski web site, the ONLY place that it was originally sold.

Since the ‘not as limited’ Swarovski Stitch is available, and should be available for most of 2012, Swarovski crystal collectors who like the Disney Movie Lilo and Stitch may decide to purchase this variation as it can be easily obtained for $325.

If you are among the serious collecting audience of Swarovski crystal fanatics, you may insist on the more limited edition of Swarovski Disney Stitch Experiment 626.  While availability at Swarovski.com is questionable at the moment, I did find one on ebay for nearly $800 + shipping!

I would also expect that we’ll get new listings for the Swarovski Stitch figurine and that they may posted on the CrystalExchange.com website.  It is not unusual for our clients to snatch up exclusive pieces then put them on our website hoping for a quick profit.

Swarovski Stitch will be in the Swarovski Disney category at the Crystal Exchange America web site.  Or if you choose to go directly to the site, look in the “Disney and Arribas” category.

Dec 152011
 

I’m starting to see the 2012 Swarovski releases on the web.  There are a number pictures appearing at authorized retailer websites in North America and in Europe, so the release must be just around the corner.

Swarovski Lovlots Lucky Mo

The Swarovski Lucky Mo (green cow) looks like a fun crystal figurine.  Lovlots Lucky Mo is a light green ‘Mo figurine’ decorated with 2-color 4 leaf clovers, green hearts, and a tiny red ladybug on the hind end!  Descriptions indicate that this is a Swarovski Lovlots limited edition available in 2012, much like Swarovski Sunshine Mo or Swarovski Santa Mo are/were available in 2011.  The height of Lucky Mo is 1.75” and retail price is $65.  The Swarovski identification # for Lucky Mo is 1096750.  I’m wondering if it is the same light green shade as Swarovski Flower Mo, or if there is a different variation of green.  Swarovski Flower Mo is decorated with flowers vs the lucky clovers on the newest cow mo.

The crystal giant has produced a number of other (mostly limited edition) Swarovski Mo figurines, dating back to 2006.

One of the Swarovski stores taking pre-orders is “Crystal Classics” in Columbus, Ohio, but there are a number of them on the internet.  The Swarovski Lucky Mo green cow appears to be a real cutie.  It would make a great gift for St Patricks Day or even a cute 4-H award.  So you go girl….Lucky Mo, go join your Swarovski crystal sisters in the Lovlots pastures!

Nov 022011
 

Today, we received the official Swarovski news that the Swarovski Orange Shine Panther is now SOLD OUT!  The Orange Shine Panther publicly launched August 29, 2011.  This Swarovski Panther was a limited edition figurine (Swarovski NLE) of 888 units.  The orange wild cat, in a typical cat pose, retailed for $1110.

Swarovski Soulmates Orange Shine Panther

Swarovski Orange Shine Limited Edition Panther

Despite it being ‘another limited edition’ panther, I expected a quick sell out, like the Swarovski  Black Panther.  The Swarovski Limited Edition Black Panther (Swarovski NLE) was limited to 500 units and retailed for $960 when it was briefly available at the online Swarovski shoppe in April, 2010.

The Orange Shine Panther and Black Panther are among Swarovski crystal feline friends….Swarovski also produced a clear Panther figurine, that retired in 2011 and a moroda Panther figurine which is presently available in the Swarovski shoppe.  The Kristall Buzz has featured a number of articles about Swarovski Panthers:

I’m wondering what the crystal brand is thinking….

  • Is another colored, limited edition Swarovski panther figurine in the works?
  • Does the extended time available indicate that Swarovski collectors did not like the orange-shine color?
  • Does the extended time available imply that Swarovski collectors might not be interested to purchase another limited edition panther in a different color?

Now, if feline fanatics want to purchase the Swarovski Orange Panther, they will have to turn to the secondary market or online auctions.  At Crystal Exchange America, the Black Panther and Orange Shine Panther, as well as other Swarovski NLE figurines, can be found in the ‘Limited Edition Swarovski’ category of the store.  Or collectors can use the powerful store search feature, keyword ‘panther’ to restrict the search results to Swarovski panthers.

Oct 252011
 

Halloween is just around the corner.  Parties on the weekends with people decked out in their best costumes.  And yet one more chance to enjoy the fun or scary atmosphere on beggars night too!

Nearly every year, we get orders for a Swarovski Mask that some Swarovski fanatic is planning to wear to a party!

Our favorite crystal brand produced four different masks all release in their Jeweler’s Collection line.  All the masks can indeed be worn, but some are on the more fragile side and I would suggest using caution if wearing these Swarovski Limited Edition releases.

Swarovski Limited Edition Mask for 1999

Swarovski 1999 Mask

 

 

The first mask came out in 1999.  It was a limited edition of 2000 units.  While the mask itself was not numbered, the certificate included with it was numbered.  The Swarovski identification # for the 1999 Swarovski mask is 3391.69SN.  The crystal stones for this mask were hand set and are bonded into the mask frame.  The satin-like Swarovski box is burgundy in color.  The Swarovski 1999 Mask retailed for $350 and sells in the $450 – $500 price range on the secondary market.

 

 

 

Swarovski Limited Edition Mask for 2000

Swarovski 2000 Mask

 

 

The second mask came out in 2000.  It was a limited edition of 3000 units.  While the mask itself was not numbered, the certificate included with it was numbered.  This mask has a detachable handle so that the mask is hand-held, not actually worn.  The Swarovski identification # for the 2000 Swarovski mask is 1508853 / 1508982.  The satin-like Swarovski box is grey in color.  The Swarovski 2000 Mask retailed for $375 and sells in the $450 – $500 price range on the secondary market.

 

 

Swarovski Limited Edition Mask for 2001

Swarovski 2001 Mask

 

 

The third mask came out in 2001.  It was a limited edition of 3000 units.  While the mask itself was not numbered, the certificate included with it was numbered.  The Swarovski identification # for the 2001 Swarovski mask is 1806193.   Clear crystal stones and yellow crystal stones were used for this mask. The satin-like Swarovski box is iridescent lavender in color.  The Swarovski 2001 Mask retailed for $395 and sells in the $475 – $525 price range on the secondary market.

 

 

 

Swarovski Limited Edition Mask for 2002

Swarovski 2002 Mask

 

 

 

The final mask came out in 2002.  It was a limited edition of 2500 units.  While the butterfly mask itself was not numbered, the certificate included with it was numbered.  The Swarovski identification # for the 2000 Swarovski Butterfly mask is 1600317.  The satin-like Swarovski box is blue in color.  The Swarovski 2002 Mask retailed for $375 and sells in the $500 – $550 price range on the secondary market.

Whether you attend a party as your favorite celebrity, or a professional athlete, or any other costume, you can always bling it up with some Swarovski Elements or conceal your identity with a Swarovski mask.  Even if you just want to walk around with your kids on Beggar’s night, with a little spunk, you can wear a Swarovski Crystal Mask.   Most importantly, have a safe and fun Halloween event.

 

 

 

Oct 242011
 

With only 2000 available in 2011, the Steiff Sapphire Bear not going to be available for very long.  Steiff retailers told us that the limited edition Swarovski-decorated bear was quick to sell out this year.

Limited Edition Steiff Bear

Sapphire...Limited Edition Swarovski Steiff Bear

The bear’s coat is a deep blue made of silk material.  The bear has paws encrusted with Swarovski crystal Elements stones that reflect a prism of colors accenting the sapphire blue color.

Sapphire also wears a choker around her neck made Swarovski Elements.  Naturally, the bear includes a white label with the famous Steiff button in the ear.  Every Steiff Sapphire bear includes a numbered certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a special Steiff gift box.

A number of other Steiff Swarovski bears have been produced in the past decade.  In particular, Swarovski Ornaments were used in the implementation of these  Swarovski Steiff bears:

Articles can be found right here on the Kristall Buzz about many of Swarovski Steiff Bears:

Crystal Exchange America does have the Swarovski Sapphire Steiff Bear available now.  If you are a Steiff Bear fanatic, this may be one of your last opportunities to purchase this special limited edition bear at a reasonable price.

Sep 292011
 

Some little-known pictures produced by our favorite crystal brand are the Swarovski CrystalograM creations.   Briefly, a CrystalograM is a work of art by Hubert Weidinger with Swarovski crystal stones hand-set into the work which extends from a canvas across the frame to create an extremely unique portrait.

Swarovski CrystalograM Collection

Swarovski CrystalograMs by Hubert Weidinger

Hubert Weidinger is a Swarski artist who created five CrystalograMs, hence “The Five by Weidinger”. The Swarovski CrystalograM pictures each have a theme and primary color:

  1. Swarovski Fire CrystalograM – red
  2. Swarovski Nature CrystalograM –  green
  3. Swarovski Earth CrystalograM – orange
  4. Swarovski Air CrystalograM – violet
  5. Swarovski Water CrystalograM – blue

The five Swarovski CrystalograM pictures were available in two different sizes, both which were Swarovski limited editions.  The smaller size was 12” square and was limited to 4,999 units.   The larger size was 24.5” square and was limited to 99 units.  The 12” CrystalograM was decorated with about 400 crystal stones retailed for approximately $350.  The 24.5” CrystalograM was decorated with about 1200 faceted crystal stones and retailed for $5000.

All the Swarovski CrystalograMs were officially available from 1993 through 1997, however some of them may have sold out prior to that due to the limited quantity available.

While a few other CrystalograM designs have been documented, they were likely commissioned for special clients.

Swarovski CrystalograM pictures are very difficult to find.  At Crystal Exchange America, only a few have ever been listed and sold, and that was nearly a decade ago when the economy was much stronger.  During that timeframe, the smaller ones sold in the price range of $650 – $900 each.  The larger ones sold in the price range of $3000 – $3200.  If were more to be listed in our online store at www.CrystalExchange.com , the Swarovski CrystalograMs would appear in the category “Limited Edition Swarovski”.

Sep 072011
 

The Swarovski Orange Shine Online Limited Edition launched online about 10 days ago for purchase.  I quickly placed my order, not wanting to pay higher prices once it sold out.  I was quite excited for it to arrive only 5 days after I got my order placed.  I  didn’t really know what to expect in an “orange shine” colored panther.  I was thrilled once I was able to see it in person….I really like it!

Swarovski Soulmates Limited Edition Panther

Swarovski Limited Edition Soulmates Orange Panther

Now, the Swarovski Orange Panther is appearing everywhere for sale….there are at least five of them on ebay, and collectors are listing them with our service at Crystal Exchange America.  Naturally, collectors are hoping to sell them for a profit, as the advertised prices are $1800 and up everywhere outside of the Swarovski shoppe.

Honestly, I did think this Swarovski crystal panther would be sold out in just a few days.  The panther was a well-liked design.  The maximum production is low (888 units), and the price point is affordable.  I thought this would be a winning combination for Swarovski crystal collectors.  My thoughts now are that perhaps collectors are thinking three panthers are ENOUGH.  Or perhaps, collectors are still a bit nervous about an ‘orange’ panther.

In any case, we urge collectors to double-check with the Swarovski site before making a decision to purchase elsewhere.  Some ebay sellers are reporting that it is sold out, when in fact, it is not.  If there is a particular sequence number that is a ‘must have’, then the seller has the upper hand on pricing.  If not, buy it where is it priced the lowest.

The designer for the Swarovski Soulmate Panther figurines is Heinz Tabertshofer.  All the crystal figurines are fully faceted animals attached to black spot granite bases.  The limited editions are engraved in the granite base with a unique # and the words “limited online edition”.  Swarovski Panthers have been sold in the following colors: clear, black, moroda, and orange.

The Limited Edition Black Panther is trading at seller-prodfitable prices on the secondary market, in the $3000 to $3500 range.  If this is any long-term indicator of success for the Swarovski Limited Edition Orange Shine Panther, you’ll want place your order now, so that you won’t have to pay secondary market prices to add it to your Swarovski crystal collection.  Should this occur before you get the Panther added to your collection, check out the the “Limited Edition Swarovski” category of our store at www.CrystalExchange.com .