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CLEAR AND FROSTED BASED ANNUAL EDITION WOODPECKERS 1988

We were recently asked by a collector if we could explain why there are 2 different versions of this piece. But, before we deal with the topic of the base of the piece, there is another difference exclusive (so far) to this annual edition.

REPAIRING SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL

We are often asked about repairs and which glue to use! We are also asked if we undertake repairs. We never, ever attempt a repair or re-glue to a Swarovski item and we can't stress enough how important it is NOT to attempt to repair a piece yourself! Only repairs undertaken by Swarovski's experts can be considered "pristine". We won't purchase any item that has been subject to a DIY repair - most are very obvious and DIY repairs ruin the piece, making it worthless, and therefore unsaleable.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT FACTS

Here is an updated version of our Christmas ornament information sheet:

1991 - first of the star/snowflake ornaments issued. Same crystal, but different metal hanger and box in Europe and USA.
1997 – first time the ornament was packed in a “double box”
2002 – blue packaging introduced, replacing the previous uniquely designed boxes.
2003 - first of the small star/snowflakes. So far 2003 is the only small ornament that does not look like a mini version of the larger one!
2004 - first of the sets of ornaments (one large, 2 small).

WHERE OUR CLIENTS LIVE

Crystal collecting is certainly a global phenomenon!

Here is the list of places that we have despatched crystal to since 2009:

CLEANING YOUR CRYSTAL

With spring cleaning season in full swing, we have been asked for tips on how best to clean crystal. Here is an updated version of the article which featured in our old style paper Newsletters a few years ago.

I have heard of many different ways to clean crystal and tried most of them all, except the dishwasher – which I definitely wouldn’t even attempt, let alone recommend! I only have to look at my wine glasses (hic!) to know that this is definitely not a good idea.

Gloves or no gloves?

CHINESE NEW YEAR - ANIMALS

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we have updated and re-issued our charts and animal characteristics sheets.

All documents available to download here:

  • Zodiac Charts
  • Animals

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • 2019 INSURANCE GUIDE

    Just a quick message to let you know that our Swarovski crystal insurance valuation guide for 2019 is now available from our website in the insurance/valuations tab at www.thecrystallodge.co.uk. The guide is available free to download and is in Excel format. A separate document giving more background information about our valuation guide is also available. Our Crystal Lodge spreadsheet will automatically calculate the total value for you, all you need to do is add in the quantity of each piece that you have in your collection!

    SWAROVSKI ORNAMENT STAR - EXCLUSIVE TO MIDDLE EAST 5428548

    Visiting the Middle East soon? If so, you may be interested in tracking this item down while you are there.

    Offered exclusively to the Middle East, this elegant star ornament beautifully captures the rays of light and creates an impressive sparkle. With 124 facets, this star is the same design as the Nativity Scene Star (5393468).

    USA EXCLUSIVE - SWAROVSKI 2018 CHRISTMAS BELL ORNAMENT EXCLUSIVE TO DILLARDS DEPARTMENT STORE 5420321

    Another USA exclusive you may wish to look for when you're on your travels in the US. This piece is 99 USD and exclusively retails in Dillard's Department stores.

    Swarovski code number: 5420321

    USA EXCLUSIVE CANDY CANE ORNAMENT 5420322



    Visiting the USA this year? If so, here's another USA exclusive item which was introduced in summer 2018 that you might like to look for while you are there.

    This is the only information we have about the item, which currently retails at 79 USD.

    Swarovski code number: 5420322
    Size: 2 3/4 x 1 x 3/8 inches
    Designer: Elke Huber

    The description on the Swarovski website says:



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