May 282011
 

Swarovski introduced the Swarovski Lovlots figurines in 2006.  The Swarovski Lovlots were not just crystal figurines….they were animal caricatures vibrant in color, each with a personality of its own.

Swarovski Lovlots

Swarovski Lovlots Limited Editions Swarovski Shady (2006), Swarovski Theo (2009), Swarovski Violetta (2008), Swarovski Ziggy (2010), and Swarovski Jade (2011)

The initial group of Swarovski Lovlots is known as the Swarovski Lovlots Pioneers. There were 8 animals in the Lovlots Pioneers.  These Swarovski crystal figurines were all clear in color.

In 2008, the next group launch of Swarovski Lovlots was the Swarovski Gang of Dogs.  The Gang of Dogs consisted of 4 dogs, plus a Swarovski Limited Edition Dog (Violetta) that was only available in 2008.  Find out more in our Kristall Buzz News with Gang of Dogs Video.

In 2009, the Swarovski House of Cats group was introduced.  The House of Cats was comprised of 5 cats, a cat pair, and a Swarovski Limited Edition Cat (Theo) that was only available in 2009. More information is available in our Kristall Buzz News with House of Cats Video.

In 2010, the Swarovski City Park group was released.  The Swarovski City Park included 8 critters that may be found in the park, a bird pair, and a Swarovski Limited Edition Woodpecker (Ziggy) that was only available in 2010.  See our Kristall Buzz News with City Park Video for more about this series.

In 2011, the Swarovski Circus group was announced.  The Swarovski Circus encompasses many favorites found at a circus….6 animals, a 7th animal that is available for a limited time only, and a Swarovski Limited Edition Horse (Jade) that is only to be available in 2011.  See our Kristall Buzz News on the Swarovski Circus about the official launch.

Now, after the short background introduction, you will be pleased to know that there is a web site with the Swarovski Lovlots Retirements in a free and easy-to-use format.  RetiredSwarovski.com has a series of web pages with Swarovski Lovlots Retirements, 2006 through 2011.  If you want to know what year a Swarovski Lovlots figurine retired, type it in the ‘search’ box of the site, and the results list will indicate a list of possibilities for a collector to select from to make getting the retirement year (answer) successful.

At RetiredSwarovski.com, it is also possible to print out the fact sheet listings by year of Swarovski Lovlots retirements, 2006 to 2011.  The fact sheets are very useful in knowing which figurines retired in which years.  The fact sheets include small photos, official Swarovski Product Name, Swarovski Part Number, Swarovski System Number, Swarovski Designer, Year Introduced, and Year Retired.

Crystal Exchange America has a selection of Retired Swarovski Lovlots figurines in their online store. If there is a Swarovski Lovlots crystal figurine absent from your display, visit the web site now, or if it is something that they can locate for you.

Apr 192011
 

Our favorite crystal giant is hosting several Swarovski Events, with Swarovski designers in attendance to sign their creations.  Swarovski designers scheduled to attend are Anton Hirzinger and Elisabeth Adamer.

Anton Hirzinger has created over 120 Swarovski figurines.  This Swarovski designer is credited for the following 2010 and 2011 Swarovski crystal releases:  Swarovski Arctic Hare 2011 SCS, Swarovski Polar Bear Cubs White Opal SCS, Swarovski Polar Bear Cubs Crystal Moonlight SCS, Swarovski Arctic Flower Ornament, Swarovski Siku Polar Bear 2011 SCS, Swarovski Soulmates Bear, Swarovski Lovlots Nick (Hedgehog), Swarovski Lovlots Spike (Hedgehog), Swarovski Lovlots Romeo (Frog), Swarovski Lovlots Ted (Bear), and Swarovski Soulmates Swan.  A longer list of the Swarovski Anton Hirzinger designs can be found at the Swarovski site (but does not include the Crystal Moments figurines).

Elisabeth Adamer is credited with about 25 designs from 2006 to 2011. This Swarovski designer is credited
for the following 2010 and 2011 Swarovski crystal releases: Swarovski Sea Goldies Topaz, Swarovski Surgeonfish Scuba Blue, Swarovski Batfish Smoky Quartz, Swarovski Myriad Alsaqr Alamake (Limited Edition), Swarovski Tiger 2010 SCS, Swarovski Tiger Kiran, Swarovski Fire Ornament, Swarovski Tiger Cub Standing SCS, Tiger Cub Sitting SCS, and Swarovski Bee-eaters.  A complete list of the Swarovski Elisabeth Adamer designs can be found at the Swarovski site.

I was able to confirm the following events being held in Florida in April, 2011:

  • Friday, April 22, 2011 5:00 – 8:00pm
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839
  • Saturday, April 23, 2011 3:00 – 5:00pm
1067 S Clark Rd
Ocoee, FL  34761
  • Monday, April 25, 2011 5:00 – 8:00pm
Independent Retailers: Euraisa, The Pewter Place, Best Wishes of Boca
Location: Mariott North
6650 North Andrews Ave
Ft Lauderdale, FL  33308
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:00 – 8:00pm
2394 A East Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
I don’t know what all the rules are about having Swarovski figurines signed, so it is recommended that you contact the stores directly regarding them.   Questions to ask could include:
  • Can you bring your own Swarovski figurines, or do they need to be purchased the day of the event from the hosting store?
  • Will the Swarovski designers sign retired Swarovski crystal?  If not, then only 2011 introductions will be signed.  Often, it must be a current design.
  • Is there a maximum quantity that you can have signed?  Often, it is limited to two figurines per customer.
  • Are any special purchases required, or can you attend simply to meet the designer and have a piece signed?

Swarovski figurines bearing the designer’s signature do typically command higher prices on the Swarovski secondary market.  Crystal Exchange America presently has over 100 items available that feature Swarovski designer signatures.

Feb 152011
 

Swarovski fanatics will be excited about the upcoming release of the new colorful Swarovski Paradise figurines.

In 2000, Swarovski launched the first Paradise figurines. They were insects:  Swarovski Paradise Bees / Bumblebees, Swarovski Paradise Beetles, Swarovski Paradise Butterflies, Swarovski Paradise Dragonflies, Swarovski Paradise Flies, Swarovski Paradise Grasshoppers, & Swarovski Paradise Scarabs.  In 2004, Swarovski launched the Paradise ‘Exotic Fish and South Sea’.  In 2006, Swarovski launched the Paradise ‘Exotic Flowers’.In 2011, the theme is one of Underwater Beauty.  Swarovski Paradise figurines in the new collection include:
  • Swarovski Sea Goldies, Topaz
  • Swarovski Pearl Oyster, Vintage Rose
  • Swarovski French Angelfish, Jonquil Moroda
  • Swarovski Emperor Angelfish, Jonquil
From the four items that will be available in March, I like the Swarovski French Angelfish the best.  This new group of Swarovski Paradise figurines reminds me of the Swarovski ‘South Sea’ theme group.There is a slide show with attractive pictures of the new Swarovski Paradise figurines on the official Swarovski web site.

If your Swarovski collection is missing a retired Swarovski Paradise figurine, Crystal Exchange America has a large selection available.

Feb 082011
 

Swarovski fanatics will be excited about the upcoming release of the new Swarovski Jade, the Lovlots 2011 Limited Edition!

Swarovski Jade is a Dancing Horse, part of the new Swarovski Lovlots Circus series.  Swarovski Jade is a limited edition crystal figurine available only in 2011. A cute photo of Swarovski Jade and more information regarding launch date (March 7, 2011) is available at the Swarovski web site.

Other Swarovski Lovlots Circus crystal figures that go with Jade, the Swarovski dancing horse, are: Swarovski Benny Bunny, Swarovski Jasmine Dancing Horse, Swarovski Leo Lion, Swarovski Rolly Monkey, Swarovski Rosalie Dancing Horse,  Swarovski Toby Elephant,  and Swarovski Tony Elephant.

Pictures of eight Swarovski Lovlots Circus figurines can be found at the Swarovski web site.  The site also states that they should be available in the online shop for purchase in March of 2011.  There is no mention of the price on any of them.

The Swarovski Lovlots Circus is the 4th series of adorable Lovlots figurines.  The other Swarovski Lovlots are series include: Swarovski City Park, Swarovski House of Cats, and Swarovski Gang of Dogs.  Another “unofficial series” are the Lovlots Pioneers which are initial group of Lovlots figurines.
The crystal brand has previously offered Swarovski Limited Editions in the Lovlots series product line:
  • Ziggy, (Woodpecker)  – Swarovski LE from City Park
  • Theo (Cat) – Swarovski LE from House of Cats
  • Violetta (Poodle) – Swarovski LE  from Gang of Dogs

Other special limited edition Swarovski Lovlots include: Shady (Swarovski LE 2006), Pinky Mo (Swarovski LE 2007), Swarovski Soccer Mo (Swarovski LE 2008), Swarovski Flower Mo (Swarovski LE 2009), Swarovski Halloween Mo (Swarovski LE 2009), Swarovski Country Mos (Swarovski LE 2010), Swarovski Glamour Mos (Swarovski LE 2010), and Swarovski Charming Mo (Swarovski LE 2011).  The limited edition year in engraved on the bottom of these Swarovski Lovlots crystal issues.

If your Swarovski collection is missing a retired Swarovski Lovlots figurine, Crystal Exchange America has a large selection available. They have figurines from all four series in addition to the special limited edition Lovlots.

Jan 262011
 

Swarovski introduced the Swarovski Paradise figurines in 2000.  I think the real significant feature of the Paradise line is that it was the first line to be in all color, not just using color for highlights.  In this initial launch of the crystal creations, all the Paradise figurines were insects:  Swarovski Paradise Bees / Bumblebees, Swarovski  Paradise Beetles, Swarovski  Paradise Butterflies, Swarovski Paradise Dragonflies, Swarovski Paradise Flies, Swarovski Paradise Grasshoppers, & Swarovski Paradise Scarabs.

Swarovski created the Paradise ‘Exotic Fish and South Sea’ in 2004.  There were approximately 19 different figurines in this collection.  Nearly all of the ‘Exotic Fish and South Sea’ were retired by 2007.

The Paradise ‘Exotic Flowers’ was launched in 2006.  As of today, there are about 11 items in this collection.  Some of the Exotic Flowers are retired and some are still being produced.

Overall, there are over 190 Swarovski Crystal figurines that have been connected with the Swarovski Paradise line.  Over the course of time, unassigned figurines have been introduced into the Paradise line, perhaps because of the significant use of coloring. The Cockatoo, Macaw, Parrot, and Black Diamond Toucan are examples are some of them.

Swarovski Paradise Black Diamond Toucan Retired in 2009

 

At present, Swarovski does not utilize theme groups within the Paradise line, but the Paradise birds are in the ‘Silver Lake’ collection.

Now, after the brief history lesson, I can reveal that there is a web site with the Swarovski Paradise Retirements in a free and easy-to-use format.  http://www.retiredswarovski.com/ has a series of web pages with Swarovski Paradise Retirements, 2002 through 2010.  If you want to know what year a Swarovski Paradise figurine retired, type it in the ‘search’ box of the site, and the results list will indicate a list of possibilities for a collector to select from to make getting the retirement year (answer) successful.

At RetiredSwarovski.com, it is also possible to print out the fact sheet listings by year of Swarovski Paradise retirements, 2002 to 2009.  The fact sheets are very useful in knowing which figurines retired in which years.  The fact sheets include small photos, Swarovski Name, Swarovski Part Number, and Year Introduced.

Crystal Exchange America has a selection of Retired Swarovski Paradise figurines in their online store.  If there is a Swarovski Paradise crystal piece missing from your collection, give them a shout to see if they have it available now, or if it is something that they can locate for you.

Jan 212011
 

It’s been snowing A LOT here, and I thought it would be neat to experiment with a camera and Swarovski ornaments in the snow and ice!

Swarovski Ornament – Santa’s Hat

I picked out 2 colorful ornaments, the Swarovski Santa Hat and the Swarovski Festive Hearts Ornament.  The Swarovski Santa Hat Ornament was hung from a branch in a frozen tree (it’s only 10 degrees F here!)  This Swarovski Ornament was introduced in 2008 and it is still current.  The price on the Swarovski web site is $75.

Swarovski Ornament – Festive Hearts
The Swarovski Festive Hearts Ornament was resting in the snow (about 6″ of snow in the last day!).  This Swarovski Ornament can be purchased as a single ornament at the Swarovski web site at $41.

It is worthwhile to mention that Swarovski Festive Hearts is also included in two different ornament sets:  the Swarovski Mini Ornament Set (Sparkling Cookie, Twinkling Mittens, and Festive Hearts) and the Swarovski Stocking, Hearts, Candy Cane Set.  The Swarovski ornament set with the candy cane retails for $110 at the Swarovski site.

However, the Swarovski ornament set with the twinkling mittens is presently on sale for $55!  This Swarovski crystal figurine group is three ornaments in the same package (not three ornaments in three separate boxes sold as a group).  Since it is on sale, I’m thinking that this will soon be retired / discontinued “as a set”.  This is speculation….I have not checked with any Swarovski retirements listings.

I hope that all Swarovski fanatics are staying warm and safe in the frigid winter season!  Perhaps there will be some more pictures of Swarovski crystal in the snow posted here again!  If there are any retired Swarovski ornaments on your wish list, check out Crystal Exchange America web site http://www.crystalexchange.com/ ….there are a lot listed there.

Jan 172011
 

Swarovski crystal fanatics will be excited about the upcoming release of the new Swarovski Lovlots Circus!

Among the new Lovlots Circus crystal figures are: Swarovski Benny Bunny,  Swarovski Jade Dancing Horse (Limited Edition 2011), Swarovski Jasmine Dancing Horse, Swarovski Leo Lion, Swarovski Rolly Monkey, Swarovski Rosalie Dancing Horse,  Swarovski Toby Elephant,  and Swarovski Tony Elephant.

Some of the new Swarovski Lovlots circus characters are very vibrant in color.  Others circus characters have softer coloring.

Pictures of eight Swarovski Lovlots Circus figurines can be found at the Swarovski web site.  The site also states that they should be available in the online shop for purchase in March of 2011.  There is no mention of the price on any of them.

The Swarovski Lovlots Circus is the 4th series of Lovlots figurines.  Other series of Swarovski Lovlots are: Swarovski Gang of Dogs, Swarovski House of Cats, and Swarovski City Park.  Another “unofficial series” are the Lovlots Pioneers which are the very first Lovlots figurines.

If you are looking for retired Swarovski Lovlots, Crystal Exchange America has a large selection. There are figurines from all four series as well as the special limited edition Lovlots.

Dec 262010
 

To my surprise, I found a couple of sites, that I believe to be authorized Swarovski retailers, with information on the Swarovski SCS 2011 Annual Edition.

The 2011 SCS Annual Edition is a Polar Bear Siku.  It is packaged with a title plaque and retails for $490.  The Swarovski system number is 1435051.  I did not find details on the size.  To purchase the Swarovski Polar Bear Siku from an authorized retailer, a Swarovski SCS member will be required to have an up-to-date membership.  It should be possible to begin placing orders for this new SCS annual edition at the beginning of 2011.

Swarovski SCS 2011 Polar Bear Siku

For Swarovski collectors who like the SCS Polar Bear Siko, Swarovski has also retired some other polar bears that may be of interest:  Swarovski Nanuc Polar Bear and Swarovski Large Polar Bear .  Both of these Swarovski Polar Bear figurines can be found at the retired Swarovski dealer Crystal Exchange America.

Happy Holidays from the Kristall Buzz!