Swarovski crystal is so well known around the world that you will be aware of the luxury associated with these designs, but do you know how the well-known swan logo was born?
Do you know the history of Swarovski crystal? We tell you its curious origin and the evolution it has had since then.
Today at Lavani we are going to discover the brilliant world that surrounds this crystal and how these curious designs of Austrian origin came about.
Read on and find out all about this well-known crystal and the Swarovski brand!
1. History and origin Swarovski crystal
The history of the Swarovski brand was born when Daniel Swarovski discovered in 1895 the way to automate the cutting process of this crystal. Later, it was possible to take the production to a large scale and the Austrian company became a supplier of for jewelers and designers.
But did you know that Swarovski was born with the intention of imitating the diamond? At that time these jewels became fashionable, but due to their high price it was not easy to get hold of them. That is why with the cut in the crystal facets were obtained and thus imitated the appearance of diamonds.
The facets are each of the cut faces of the crystal and the greater the number of faces, the greater the characteristic brilliance achieved. In this way, the carving not only achieves that luminosity, but also allows to obtain various shapes and final finishes so unique.Over time, Swarovski crystals became more and more popular and successful all over the world. These crystals are not only used in jewelry, but also in fashion, lighting and accessories. In fact, the fashion industry was a driving force behind its success, since in the 1920s it already collaborated with icons such as Christian Dior or Coco Chanel. Did you know that Audrey Hepburn's tiara in Breakfast at Tiffany's was made of Swarovski crystals?
2. Swarovski stones: evolution of crystals
The formula of this popular crystal is based on silicon oxide and lead, all at very high temperatures to achieve such a brilliant crystal. From its beginnings, the cutting technique has been perfected to what we know today.
In the beginning, Swarovski figures had only 3 facets with a flat finish on the bottom. Over time this changed to 5 facets and then to 8 facets in the 1950's. With these changes Swarovski crystals had more and more brilliance. As early as 1977 more were introduced, reaching up to 12 facets. Finally, with the most recent innovations the number of facets has been increased to 18, a model that came out in 2015. But not only has the number of facets been increased, new cuts and designs have also been introduced.