Aug 292011
 

Great news for Swarovski crystal fanatics….The Swarovski Orange Shine Online Limited Edition is available online for purchase

This Swarovski Panther is identical in design to other panthers produced by Swarovski.  That being said, this panther is Orange, and is limited to 888 units of production.  The system number for the Orange Shine Panther is 1096050.  This Swarovski Panther has a price tag of $1100.

Swarovski Limited Online Edition Orange Shine Panther

Swarovski Orange Shine Panther

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

  1. Swarovski Panther (clear) – 9600 000 074 / 874 337.  Introduced in 2007 and retired in 2011.
  2. Swarovski Black Panther – 9600 000 151 / 1060325. Introduced and sold out in 2010.
  3. Swarovski Moroda Panther  – 1096051.  New release for 2011.

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”.

Get your order in quickly if you wish to secure your limited edition orange panther!  The Limited Edition Black Panther sold out in under 48 hours according to the Swarovski web site.  While this one has a higher price tag (about $110 more) and an increase in production of 78% more units, history could very well repeat itself with a quick sell out.

The Limited Edition Black Panther is performing well on the secondary market, with trading prices in the $3000 to $3500 range.  If this is any indication of success for the 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.



Aug 212011
 

The Swarovski Bald Eagle (Numbered Limited Edition in 2011) is a spectacular statuette by Heinz Tabertshofer .  These Bald Eagle figurines have a unique number engraved on the crystal base, and a matching special Swarovski Certificate stating the edition number.  The Swarovski Bald Eagle exceeds 11″ in height.  Its accessories include gloves, brochure, and a locking blue storage case.

Swarovski Bald Eagle, NLE 2011

Swarovski Bald Eagle

This crystal Bald Eagle is a Swarovski NLE, limited to 10,000 units.  It was initially available to SCS members only, but beginning in July, 2011, any Swarovski collector can purchase it in a store or online at the Swarovski site.

The Swarovski Bald Eagle has come with some criticism by Swarovski crystal fanatics.  Many are not sure that they like the colored figurines.  And some are quite skeptical since the last couple of NLEs were not near-immediate sell-outs, instead taking nearly a year to close out inventory (some speculate that they never sold out).  At the MSRP of $3800, my opinion is that you should REALLY like it before making the purchase.

Other SCS Number Limited Edition figurines include:

  • Swarovski Eagle, NLE 1995
  • Swarovski Peacock, NLE 1998
  • Swarovski Wild Horses, NLE 2001
  • Swarovski Bull, NLE 2004
  • Swarovski Elephant, NLE 2006
  • Swarovski Rhinoceros, NLE 2008

If you are wanting to add the Swarovski Bald Eagle to your crystal collection, go to CrystalExchange.com and view the  category Collector Society / SCS, then sub-category Annual and Limited Editions.  The Bald Eagles on the Crystal Exchange America web site are priced under the MSRP of $3800.



Aug 202011
 

About a week ago, I discovered another limited edition Swarovski – Steiff  Bear that will be on the shelves this fall.  This limited edition teddy bear is the Swarovski Steiff Bear ‘Candy’.

From the description I found, Swarovski Steiff Candy is a pale green mohair teddy bear. Also called the “Sparkle Teddy Bear”, Candy’s pendant necklace is the Swarovski Candy Cane ornament. Steiff Bear Candy is a Limited Edition Bear with a maximum production of 1500 units. The Steiff USA web site and some stores in North America are accepting pre-orders for this fuzzy teddy bear. The suggested retail price on the Steiff Swarovski Candy bear is $260.

2011 Limited Edition Stieff Bear with Swarovski Candy Cane Pendant

Swarovski Steiff Limited Edition Bear Candy

Other 2011 introductions for Limited Edition Swarovski Steiff Bears include:

  • Steiff Sapphire – Limited Edition.
    • Swarovski feature decoration: “Sparkling choker and paws made from Swarovski Elements”
    • Color: Sapphire Blue
    • Identification Number: 036 934
    • Limited Edition of 2000
    • Sold out in the USA (as of 8/2011)
    • Kristall Buzz article on Swarovski Steiff Sapphire Bear
  • Steiff Krystina – Limited Edition.
    • Swarovski feature decoration: Sparkling heart choker made from Swarovski Elements
    • Color: Black
    • Identification Number: 663 741
    • Limited Edition for purchase during 2011
    • Available for purchase (as of 8/2011) from the Danbury Mint UK site
    • Kristall Buzz article on Swarovski Steiff Krystina Bear

Check out the Crystal Exchange America web site www.CrystalExchange.com if you are interested to purchase any Swarovski Steiff Bear figurines that are retired. Simply use the search bar and type in “Steiff” for current availability and pricing!



Aug 042011
 

The Swarovski Black Panther (Numbered Limited Edition in 2010) is a stunning sculpture by Heinz Tabertshofer .  All Black Panther figurines have a unique number engraved on the base and has the Swarovski swan logo on the back leg.  The Swarovski Black Panther weighs over 4 lbs and measures over 8″ tall.

Swarovski Limited Edition Panther

This crystal Black Panther is a Swarovski NLE, limited to 500 pieces.  It was available online only, and sold out in a mere 2 days its unveiling in the online Swarovski shoppe.  While it originally sold for just under $1000, the price quickly sky-rocketed to $3000.  Now, it is becoming even more difficult to find, and boasts prices at nearly $4000.

The Swarovski Soulmate Panther design has been a well-liked design by Swarovski crystal fanatics.  Other Soulmate Panther figurines include:

  • Soulmate Swarovski Clear Panther – 9600 000 074 / 874 337.  2007 to 2011.
  • Soulmate Swarovski Moroda Panther – 1096051.  New release in June, 2011.
  • Soulmate Swarovski Limited Edition Orange Shine Panther – 1096051.  New release in August, 2011.

If you are looking to add the Swarovski Black Panther to your collection, go to CrystalExchange.com and look in the Limited Edition Swarovski Category.



Jul 252011
 

Customers have asked us about the availability of some Swarovski Limited Editions available this year, 2011.  Some Swarovski crystal fanatics tell us of rumors about the Swarovski NLE Bald Eagle being sold out.  Others have asked us about the Swarovski NLE Hello Kitty production.

I took a moment to check the crystal brand web site.  What I was able to see was that both items are still appearing on the online shoppe, so I do not believe that either is sold out.

The Swarovski Bald Eagle indeed displays the ‘Add to Shopping Bag’ button.  Retail price of the Bald Eagle, Swarovski Numbered Limited Edition 2011, is $3800.  A maximum of 10,000 Swarovski Bald Eagles are to be produced.  As of July 4, 2011 Swarovski SCS membership is no longer required to purchase.

The Swarovski Hello Kitty, Limited Edition 2011 also displays the ‘Add to Shopping Bag’ button.  Retail price of the Hello Kitty, Numbered Limited Edition, is $8000.  A maximum of 88 Swarovski Hello Kitty, Limited Edition 2011 are to be produced, so this is a true exclusive.

Crystal Exchange America has a large selection of retired Swarovski LE figurines (Limited Editions) and Swarovski NLE figurines (Numbered Limited Editions) available on their web site.  Simply check out the Limited Edition Swarovski category of the online store.



Jun 272011
 

The famous crystal brand has announced that they are releasing another wild cat… the Swarovski Soulmate Orange Shine Panther Limited Online Edition.  The Orange Shine Panther is the 4th variation of the panther to be produced Swarovski crystal fanatics to add to their collection:

  1. Swarovski Soulmate Panther (clear) – 9600 000 074 / 874 337.  Introduced in 2007and retires in 2011.
  2. Swarovski Soulmate Limited Edition Panther (black) – 9600 000 151 / 1060325. Introduced and sold out in 2010.
  3. Swarovski Soulmate Panther (moroda) – 1096051.  New release for 2011.
  4. Swarovski Soulmate Limited Edition Panther (orange shine) – 1096051.  New release for 2011.
Swarovski Orange Shine Panther

The designer for the Swarovski Soulmate Panther figurines is Heinz Tabertshofer .  All the panther crystal figurines are fully faceted animals attached to black spot granite bases.  The limited editions are individually numbered and engraved in the granite base.

The Kristall Buzz has featured previous articles about the gorgeous Swarovski Panther cats:

So what are the differences between the Swarovski Online Limited Edition Panthers? As much as I know at this time, the colors are different and the production quantity is different.  Swarovski Black Panther – Limited to 500 units.  Swarovski Orange Shine Panther – Limited to 888 units.  I have not heard any news about the price.  The retail price on all the colors released to date has been just under $1000 each.

The Limited Edition Black Panther is performing well on the secondary market, with trading prices in the $3000 to $3500 range.  If this is any indication of success for the Limited Edition Orange Shine Panther, you’ll want to save the date of August 29, 2011 to try and purchase this newest one, so that you won’t have to pay secondary market prices to add it to your Swarovski crystal collection.



Jun 052011
 

RetiredSwarovski.com is an established web site known for its up-to-date listings of Swarovski Crystal retirements.  Recently, the Crystal Myriad product line of Swarovski Limited Editions has been added to the site documenting those Swarovski sculptures that the crystal brand has retired.

The Swarovski Crystal Myriad sculptures are Swarovski Numbered Limited Editions, Swarovski NLE for short.  The Crystal Myriad sculptures range in price from $12,000 – $18,000, and each has a maximum production of 300 units.  The Crystal Myriad figurines are custom made shortly after an order is received according to the Swarovski web site.

In 2009, Swarovski introduced four Crystal Myriad sculptures: a dragon Swarovski Jinlong, an elephant Swarovski Matang, a falcon Swarovski Alsaqr Almalaki, and a stallion Swarovski Amurath.  According to the RetiredSwarovski.com web site, two of these four items are now retired.

Swarovski used their own signature pointiage technique to apply 32,000 – 63,000 hand-set crystals.  This same technique is also being used on the Swarovski Limited Edition Hello Kitty figurine which is to launch near August, 2011.  The Swarovski Hello Kitty sculpture will be limited to 88 pieces world-wide and will have approximately 20K hand-set crystals.

If you prefer less expensive, but still exclusive Swarovski Limited Editions, many can be had from Crystal Exchange America web site.  Just look in the ‘Limited Editions’ and ‘SCS Annual and Limited Editions’ categories of the store web site www.CrystalExchange.com



May 302011
 

The Swarovski Sunshine Mo is now available for purchase at the Swarovski web site. This Limited Edition Lovlots Cow retails for $65.  Sunshine Mo is another one of those Swarovski Limited Editions that ‘is available ‘while supplies last’….no total production quantity mentioned and only a cutoff order date of 2011.

Swarovski Lovlots Sunshine Mo

Swarovski Sunshine Mo

The Sunshine Mo crystal cow looks delightful.  According to Swarovski’s description, she is vibrant jonquil  figurine with peridot crystal horns and light smoked topaz crystal ears wearing beautiful necklace in a stunning gradation of tropical crystal colors.

The Swarovski Mo family is expanding and starting to become a small Swarovski LE herd. I can just imagine all the Swarovski Mo figurine family planning a little party inside my crystal cabinet…some nice party music, frozen daiquiris, all having a good time.  Pinky Mo (Swarovski LE 2007), Alabaster Mo (Swarovski LE 2007), Soccer Mo (Swarovski LE 2008), Flower Mo (Swarovski LE 2009), Halloween Mo (Swarovski LE 2009), Country Mos (Swarovski LE 2010, Glamour Mos (Swarovski LE 2010), and Charming Mo (Swarovski LE 2011) will all be in attendance.

Crystal Exchange America has listings for many of the Swarovski Mo Cows and Swarovski Lovlots special editions.  Just visit http://www.crystalexchange.com/ and navigate to the Limited Edition Swarovski category in the menu on the left side of the web site.



May 232011
 

The Kristall Buzz, a Blog on Swarovski Crystal, has launched a short video on YouTube with some unusual characters cast.  The characters are retired and discontinued Swarovski crystal figurines!  Have a watch!

The sole chick in the video is the Swarovski Mini Chicken. Introduced in 1979 and retired in 1988, the mini chicken is THE very origin of the collection which eventually lead to the popular Swarovski book publications: Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski.

The next four loveable characters are Swarovski Happy Ducks, all of which are limited edition figurines.The Swarovski Pink Duck (with the ribbon) was a limited edition duck produced for Breast Cancer Awareness.  It was only available to certain countries when it was produced in 2010.  This limited edition pink duck is stamped “2010” with the Swarovski swan logo on the underside of the figurine.  A portion of the proceeds were to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

The Swarovski Pink Duck (without the ribbon) was a limited edition duck produced for the Kids Earth fund.  When it was available in 2010, it could only be found in Japan.  This limited edition pink duck is stamped “2010” with the Swarovski swan logo on the underside of the figurine.

While the final 2 performers may look like Swarovski Happy Prince and Swarovski Happy Princess, they are not.  These limited edition ducks are the Swarovski Royal Wedding Happy Ducks.  This pair of ducks is packaged in a single blue navy box.  Each duck has the Swarovski Swan logo underneath.  However, on the ducks’ back, there are additional markings to signify a special event.  The commemorative event was the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.  On the back of the Prince Royal Wedding Duck is the royal wedding date: 29 April, 2011.  On the back of the Princess Royal Wedding Duck is a pair of wedding rings.  Watch in the video, and you will see these special markings highlighted.  These Happy Ducks were limited to a production of 3000 pairs and were only available at select Swarovski crystal retailers in the UK.

All these Swarovski Limited Editions can be found on the Crystal Exchange America web site in the “Limited Edition Swarovski” category!



May 162011
 
In my last Swarovski Hello Kitty article, I wrote about the joint venture where the 2 companies, Sanrio (Hello Kitty) and Swarovski, are producing jewelry, Swarovski crystal figurines, and a Swarovski jeweled mascot of Hello Kitty to be available later in 2011.  There are about nine Swarovski Hello Kitty products mentioned along with some photos of the upcoming releases.

Shortly after I completed that article on the collaboration between Sanrio and Swarovski, I found more interesting information.  As it turns out, in 2009 Sanrio and Swarovski came together  to produce a ‘Super Hello Kitty’ doll to commemorate 35 years of the popular feline’s success.

The Super Hello Kitty jeweled doll is literally one of a kind.  The Super Hello kitty was approximately 4 inches tall, and 1.25 lbs.  It was decorated with over 232 carats of 2300 real gemstones….diamonds, topazes and naturally pink sapphires.  The value at that time?  $153,000!
Swarovski Super Hello Kitty, cebrating 35 years!
There is more on this Swarovski Super Hello Kitty on the Swarovski Gems web site.  Their article is entitled ‘Enlightened Swarovski Elements joins Sanrio in celebrating the 35th anniversary of Hello Kitty with a one-of-a-kind, Super Hello Kitty Doll.
So, it looks like we’ve uncovered 2 Kitty Crystal Miriads to go along with all the ones that are presently available from the Swarovski crystal brand.  But with Super Hello Kitty being made with real gemstones, it certainly takes the cake!



May 032011
 

Today, crystal fanatics all around the world (myself included) received an email from Swarovski announcing that the Swarovski Sunshine Mo will be available for purchase (in 23 countries) beginning  May 30, 2011!

The Sunshine Mo crystal cow looks adorable.  She is a very bright yellow crystal figurine wearing a red and pink flower necklace that resembles a Hawaiian lei.  I still think that Sunshine Mo might make a great sister or cousin for ‘Hula Mo’! (hint, hint Swarovski!)

Swarovski Sunshine Mo, Limited Edition 2011

According to the Swarovski web site, they say that this online limited edition is going to be a rare Swarovski figurine.  This then begs the question….does that mean that Swarovski is producing and releasing a much smaller quantity of Sunshine Mo figurines than her predecessors, sisters, and cousins on the Swarovski Lovlots West End?

Here’s for the introductions of the newbie Mo’s limited edition Lovlots relatives:
  • Swarovski Pinky Mo (LE 2007) – transparent pink cow with solid pink horns and bell
  • Swarovski Alabaster Mo (LE 2007.  production quantity limited to 300); solid pink cow with transparent pink horns and bell
  • Swarovski Soccer Mo (LE 2008) – red cow with white horns and ball (NO bell)
  • Swarovski Flower Mo (LE 2009) – green flowered cow with white horns and bell
  • Swarovski Halloween Mo (LE 2009) – orange cow with black horns and bell
  • Swarovski Country Mos (LE 2010) – spotted cows with matching horns and bell
  • Swarovski Glamour Mos (LE 2010) – golden cow and black cow with white horns (NO bell)
  • Swarovski Charming Mo (LE 2011) pink hearted cow with greyish horns (NO bell)

 

Rare Swarovski Alabaster Mo

Crystal Exchange America has listings for many of the Swarovski Mo Cows and Swarovski Lovlots special editions.  Just visit http://www.crystalexchange.com/ and navigate to the ‘Lovlots and Zodiac’ category in the menu on the left side of the web site.



Apr 292011
 

Recently, I found a Steiff / Swarovski Limited Edition Bear on the internet and did a short article here on the Kristall Buzz about the bear: Steiff Bear Sapphire is a Limited Edition Bear.

Limited Edition Steiff Bear

Swarovski Bear, Limited Edition Krystina, decorated with Swarovski crystals

Following that article, I discovered another Steiff Bear decorated with sparkling Swarovski crystal stones.

This new teddy bear is Krystina.  The bear features jet black coat of mohair.  The right bear paw uses over 150 encrusted with Swarovski Elements stones to spell out Steiff.  She wears a collar decorated with over 100 Swarovski crystal stones.   She has a white label with the famous Steiff button in the ear.

Steiff Krystina is a limited edition bear, to be available only in 2011.  The Krystina Steiff Bear can be purchased from the Danbury Mint UK site.

Below are some of the other Limited Edition Swarovski Steiff  Bears produced since 2005:
  • Steiff Crystal – 2005 Limited Edition Steiff Swarovski Bear
  • Steiff Orian – 2006 Limited Edition Steiff Swarovski Bear
  • Steiff Jewels – 2007 Limited Edition Steiff Swarovski Bear
  • Steiff Poinsettia – 2007 Limited Edition Steiff Swarovski Bear
  • Steiff Flurrie – 2008 Limited Edition Steiff Swarovski Bear
  • Steiff Kringle – Limited Edition of 1500. Steiff Swarovski Bear, launched  in 2009
  • Steiff Twinkle – Limited Edition of 1500. Steiff Swarovski Bear, launched  in 2010
  • Steiff Sapphire – Limited Edition of 2000. Steiff Swarovski Bear launched in 2011



Apr 212011
 

I recently did an article about a Swarovski Limited Edition Pen, a UK exclusive, to commemorate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Since then, I have found more Swarovski Limited Edition memorabilia.

This discovery is for the Swarovski Royal Wedding Prince and Princess Ducks. The Swarovski system # is 1117976.  This pair of Swarovski Royal Ducks is a limited edition set with only 3000 pairs produced.  They are packaged in a single box and retail for approximately $115 USD.

Swarovski Royal Wedding Ducks
 

The Swarovski Royal Wedding ducks are essentially the Swarovski Happy Prince and Swarovski Happy Princess figurines, but wait!  These Swarovski ducks come in a single box.  The Swarovski Happy Prince duck of this pair has the royal wedding date (April 29, 2011) etched on the back of the duck.  The Swarovski Happy Princess duck of this pair has two wedding rings etched on the back of the duck.  This is interesting in that Prince William will not be wearing a wedding ring.

The Swarovski Limited Edition Royal Wedding Ducks can be found in select stores in the UK, including Clifton Collectibles.

Due to the similarities of the Swarovski Royal Wedding Ducks to the Happy Prince Duck and Happy Princess Duck, use caution purchasing these items from private sellers or in online auctions.  Here are the things to look for to ensure you are getting accurately-described Swarovski Crystal Royal Wedding figurines:
  • Royal Wedding Ducks – 2 duck figurines in a single box
  • Royal Wedding Prince Duck – has wedding date etched on his back
  • Royal Wedding Princess Duck – has 2 wedding rings etched on her back

Separate boxes and missing ‘special’ marks are indications that items are being mis-represented as the Swarovski Royal Wedding Ducks.

I’m still watching for additional collectibles that use Swarovski components.  However, as the date is soon approaching, I can imagine that the window of opportunity for manufacturers is quickly coming to an end.

Thank you Phil at Clifton Collectibles for your contributions to this article!



Apr 162011
 

Effective April 11, 2011 the Swarovski Limited Edition Hare in now available online for purchase.

The Swarovski Limited Edition Hare appears to be made of smokey quartz crystal.  The official color, per the Swarovski site, is ‘satin’.  The smokey gray hare figurine is about 1.5″ by 1.25″.  The Swarovski system number of this rabbit is 1089977.  The retail price of the Swarovski Hare is $60.

Swarovski Limited Edition Hare in Satin Crystal

This cute bunny rabbit is an online exclusive and will not be stocked in Swarovski stores or Swarovski Boutiques and is not likely available for special order.  The Swarovski Hare is a one-time production run.  No mention as to the quantity produced (Swarovski keeps this information secret), but when it is sold out, it will likely be found at the online auctions or at retired Swarovski dealers, perhaps at higher prices.

There are other Swarovski crystal hare, rabbit, and  bunny figurines at the  Swarovski shop online if you want your new bunny displayed among friends:

So, don’t forget to get your Swarovski Hare ordered soon if this item is on your list for 2011 Swarovski crystal must-haves!



Apr 132011
 

Steiff fanatics may be interested in a recently released Steiff Bear decorated with sparkling Swarovski stones.  This new teddy bear is named Sapphire.  The bear features a deep blue coat of silk material.  The bear has paws encrusted with Swarovski crystal Elements stones reflecting a rainbow of colors accenting the sapphire blue color of the bear.

Swarovski Steiff Teddy Bear Sapphire

Steiff Bear Sapphire decorated with Swarovski

Sapphire is also decorated with a strand of Swarovski Elements to create a choker around her neck.  And of course, she has a white label with the famous Steiff button in the ear. Sapphire is 10″ tall and retails for $280.

Steiff Sapphire is a limited edition bear.   There are only 2000 available.  Each Steiff Sapphire bear includes a numbered certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a special Steiff gift box.  The Sapphire Steiff Bear can be purchased from the Steiff USA site.

Other Steiff Swarovski bears have been produced.  The retired Swarovski / Steiff bears below featured a Swarovski ornament necklace:
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Daniel’ – 2004
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Crystal’ – 2005
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Orian’ – 2006
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Jewels’ – 2007
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Poinsettia’ – 2007
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Flurrie’ – 2008
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Kringle’ – 2009
  • Steiff Swarovski Bear ‘Twinkle’ – 2010

Remember, Sapphire is a Steiff / Swarovski Limited Edition piece, so make your decision soon if Sapphire is going to be a part of your bear collection or Swarovski collection.

Crystal Exchange America has a few retired Steiff Swarovski bears if you are looking for an older bear.