Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SWAROVSKI Introduces "Pirates of the Carribean" Ltd. Edition Jewelry !

Swarovski has introduced a NEW product line in celebration of the NEW Disney movie release, 
Swarovski is offering  four Limited Edition pieces of Jewelry that are only available at Swarovski online as long as stocks last, as well as 18 other jewelry pieces.

The 4 special Limited Edition Online pieces include:



Angelica Set  $155.00
Ruthenium-plated set includes a pair of hoop earrings and a pendant on a chain, embellished in Black Diamond crystal pavé and Light Siam crystal droplets. It reflects Angelica’s expert swordsmanship.

Black Pearl Necklace  $100.00
Hanging on a ruthenium-plated chain. in an interlocking anchor and rope motif. 

Chalice Pendant


Features an over-spilling cup embellished in sparkling crystals on a gold-plated chain.

Skulls & Swords Pendant 


Designed to be worn by men and women, this pendant features the iconic skull and crossed swords motif; Details in Jet crystal pavé .

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Swarovski Certificates of Authority (COA)

Now that Swarovski has made the decision to cease production of their COA's, as well as inclusion with most of their issues, here's a quick history of Swarovski's many changes in the COA.

The Swarovski COA
is an acronym for Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity. When referring to Swarovski crystal collectibles, many collectors refer to the generic booklet as the Swarovski COA.
In 1988, Swarovski began issuing this booklet entitled 'Swarovski certificate'. 
While the literature includes the word 'certificate' on the front, in reality, it is product literature, simply advertising other Swarovski crystal figurines manufactured by Swarovski.  
And, a lot of collectors insisted that a Swarovski certificate be included with their crystal in order for it to be considered a completed Mint in Box (MIB) edition. However, we never saw the crystal command higher prices because a Swarovski certificate was included in the box.  

For the majority of Swarovski crystal products, the Swarovski COA was truly a generic product booklet that could be interchanged easily with other Swarovski crystal products.

The question that so many Swarovski collectors have is "Just how important are the Swarovski Certificates?" 
The answer to that question depends on the Swarovski crystal piece in question. If the Swarovski crystal is an Annual Edition (AE), Limited Edition (LE), or Numbered Limited Edition (NLE), or a Ltd Edition Chinese Zodiac (see below), or any issue that is numbered, the Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity is extremely important. For all these types of pieces, the Swarovski certificate is intricate to the issue of the item. You really cannot swap them from other pieces as they are specific to that issue; for example, the Lovebirds certificate and the Woodpeckers certificate cannot be interchanged. In the case of the numbered limited editions, the Swarovski certificate contains the edition number and should match the edition number imprinted on the crystal.

Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity for Chinese Zodiacs

The limited edition Chinese Zodiac figurines also include a unique
Swarovski certificate of authenticity.

All these Chinese Zodiacs have a fold-out card titled 'The Chinese Zodiac'.  
The information is printed in both Chinese and English. This is not a Swarovski certificate of authenticity; it is a brochure that discusses the Chinese Zodiac astrology personalities and is included with all Chinese Zodiac figurines.  However, the limited edition Chinese Zodiac figurines also have a 
certificate of authenticity specific to that figurine.

Be sure that your limited edition Chinese Zodiac, or any of the other special editions mentioned above, includes the Swarovski certificate of authenticity for maximum resale value.

If the Swarovski crystal is an item from any other Swarovski product line, the
Swarovski COA is generic and can easily be exchanged from other crystal in the same product line.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Swarovski & The Steiff Bears

NEW! Limited Edition Steiff Bears Released in 2011

Swarovski Steiff Limited Edition Sapphire

Steiff recently released a New Steiff Bear decorated with sparkling Swarovski stones, named Sapphire.  The bear features a deep blue coat of silk material & has paws encrusted with Swarovski Crystals. Sapphire is also decorated with a strand of Swarovski stones to create a choker around her neck with the famous Steiff button in her ear.

Steiff Sapphire is a limited edition bear; there are only 2000 available.  She is 10" tall and retails for $280. 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.

Swarovski Steiff Limited Edition Krystina

This new teddy bear is Krystina.  The bear features a 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 & can be purchased from the Danbury Mint UK site.

Other Steiff Swarovski bears that have been issued featuring a Swarovski Annual Edition Ornament in the same year of issue, and are now retired include: 
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Daniel' - 2004 with AE Christmas Ornament
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Crystal' - 2005  with AE Christmas Ornament
Steiff Swarovski Bear  - 2005  with Ilyssa Bracelet Collar
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Orian' - 2006
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Jewels' - 2007 with AE Heart
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Poinsettia' (Christmas Ornament) - 2007
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Flurrie' - 2008 with AE Christmas Ornament
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Kringle' - 2009 with Santa Stocking
Steiff Swarovski Bear 'Twinkle' - 2010 with Christmas Tree Ornament.

In addition, Swarovski Steiff Bear Brooches were issued in 2004 and 2005. 

Photos of ALL the Steiff Bears can be found in our FABULOUS CFC Photo Galleries.

There's LOTS MORE to learn about Collecting Swarovski!

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