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ROSETTA

From Swarovski’s Disney Fairies collection, Tinkerbell’s friend Rosetta wears a pink crystal dress, while her head, arms, legs, and wings shimmer in clear crystal. She stands on a metal base embellished with crystal flowers. A beautiful, delicate piece that is always popular with collectors.

10TH ANNIVERSARY SQUIRREL

Watching the squirrels run around outside, collecting and hiding food for their winter stores, it made me think about the 1997 limited edition SCS squirrel which was issued to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SCS. The squirrel is made from clear crystal, and has a frosted tail. He holds a crystal chaton in his paws to depict his crystal collecting habit. The squirrel came with a special black mirrored base, which had the designer Anton Hirzinger’s signature on it.

DINO THE DINOSAUR

Dino was the first Swarovski dinosaur. Designed by Edith Mair for the “Fairy Tales” collection, Dino is a Stegosaurus. He has a clear crystal body and his comb and plates are formed from colour crystal which ranges from yellow through amber to red.

1995 SCS LION

It seems hard to believe, but the magnificent Swarovski SCS Lion is 25 years old this year. Adi Stocker designed the lion and went to see them in the wild as part of his research. He said that he chose the seated pose, rather than standing, as he noticed that the male lions seemed rather lazy and were more often than not sitting around like this! Alright for some!!!

DISNEY SHOWCASE COLLECTION

The very first Disney collection produced by Swarovski (other than the Dumbos made exclusively for the Disney parks) was the “Showcase” collection. It comprised 6 figurines in clear crystal: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto and Goofy, plus a cleverly designed plaque and 3-piece display stand. All the pieces were introduced in 2005 and retired in 2008. Of course, all these Disney characters have since been produced in colour in at least one design since then, but the clear crystal pieces are still extremely popular with collectors.

SILVER CRYSTAL EXPRESS TRAIN - PASSENGER CARRIAGE WINDOWS

In an earlier post, we described how the Silver Crystal Express train had variations to the passenger carriage, based on the placement of the windows. They can be found in extreme pairs, pairs, or evenly spaced. We have had a few questions about the carriages and what each one looked like – so here they are!

THE OLD TIMER AUTOMOBILE

World Car Free Day is celebrated on September 22. Motorists are encouraged to give up their cars for a day. Just to be different, we’ve decided to showcase the wonderful Old timer automobile! This gorgeous piece was designed by Gabriele Stamey for the “When we were Young” collection. Simply stunning.

FRED THE LOVLOT VULTURE

When the first Lovlot collections were released in the early days, there was always a “limited edition” piece which was only available during launch year. This Swarovski crystal vulture is called Fred, and he is the 2012 limited edition Lovlot from the Birds on Broadway collection. Swarovski say that Fred is a shy vulture who is charming, loyal and reliable. He shines in Indicolite crystal with a Fire opal crystal beak and Jet crystal eyes.

EAT AN APPLE DAY

The 19th September 2020 is International “Eat an apple day”. Swarovski’s recently released hedgehog with apple seems to be well organised for the event!

THE MINI ZOO

The first 6 mini size animals produced by Swarovski were all designed by Max Schreck. The mini chick, duck, mouse, owl, rabbit and sparrow were available individually but also for a short period during 1981 to 1982 they were also produced as a set and housed in one box. This set was called the “Mini Zoo”



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