Dec 312010
 

Since 2011 is only hours away, I thought this was a good time to rejoice and remember the final Swarovski trilogy, “Endangered Wildlife” and look forward to the new Swarovski 2011 SCS Polar Bear Siku.

The Swarovski Gorillas were the 2009 Annual Edition pair.  The 2009 Annual Edition was the Swarovski Gorillas.  The SCS Gorillas were packaged with a mother and young cub.  Swarovski also offered a separate cub to its Swarovski SCS members.  The gorilla set retailed for $475.  The separate gorilla cub retailed for $180.

Now, a year after the SCS Gorillas retired, it does seem that this Swarovski crystal annual edition is still popular with Swarovski collectors.  For transactions completed in December, 2010, the Swarovski Gorillas are closing at prices from $350 – $600.  The Swarovski Gorilla cub transactions were not plentiful and completed transactions were below original retail price.

The Swarovski 2009 Annual Edition Gorillas and Gorilla cub were designed by Anton Hirzinger.  The Swarovski video on youtube briefly shows the Swarovski designer and how he was inspired by gorillas in their natural setting.

Crystal Exchange America commonly has listings for the 2009 SCS Swarovski Gorillas.

I’m pleased that the SCS Gorillas from 2009 are a part of my Swarovski crystal collection.



Dec 312010
 

The Swarovski trilogy, “Endangered Wildlife”, is the final trilogy for Swarovski crystal SCS members.  With 2011 literally right around the corner, I thought this was a good time to celebrate the last series made and make ways for the new Swarovski SCS Polar Bear Siku.

The 2008 Annual Edition was the Swarovski Pandas.  The SCS Pandas were packaged with a mother and young cub.  Swarovski also offered a separate cub to its Swarovski SCS members.  The panda pair retailed for $450.  The separate panda cub retailed for $180.

Now, two years later, it does seem that this Swarovski crystal annual edition is selling for prices higher than original retail.  For transactions completed in December, 2010, the Swarovski Pandas are closing at prices from $650 – $800.  The Swarovski Panda cub transactions are completing in the price range of $225 – $275.  This is good news for Swarovski crystal fanatics who may have purchased duplicate sets of these crystal figurines.

The Swarovski SCS 2008 Annual Edition Pandas and Panda cub were designed by Heinz Tabertshofer.  Swarovski created a video, where I found it on youtube, that shows the Swarovski designer and how he was inspired by pandas in action.

Crystal Exchange America frequently has listings for the 2008 SCS Swarovski Pandas.

The Swarovski SCS Pandas from 2008 are annual editions that I am happy to have in my Swarovski crystal collection.



Dec 272010
 

Along with the discovery of the Swarovski SCS 2011 Annual Edition Polar Bear Siku, I found pictures and prices for the companion pieces the Swarovski Polar Bear Cubs.

2011 SCS Swarovski Polar Bear Cubs

 

Based on what the other retailer sites show in their store, Swarovski is offering a pair of polar bear cubs to Swarovski SCS members.  The polar bear set will be available in 2 different crystal varieties:  a pair in ‘crystal moonlight’ and a pair in ‘white opal’.  I’m not certain as to the differences in the finishes.  I think it would be nice to have one polar bear cub in ‘crystal moonlight’ and one polar bear cub in ‘white opal’, but I seriously doubt there is a mix-n-match option.  Per the sites I found, it is reported that the retail price on a single pair of Swarovski polar bear cubs is $350 or $390, depending on the site.
Swarovski crystal fanatics will likely want to purchase both sets of Swarovski polar bear cubs to go along with the Swarovski 2011 Polar Bear Siku.  But WOW!  It is hard to imagine forking out $1200 – $1300 (USD) for Swarovski annual edition figurines.



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!