About the Swarovski Boxes
Some say having the ‘complete package’ adds value to the piece. Others balk at the space taken up by storing the boxes, and the time involved in keeping yet another inventory of where they are located.
The earliest Swarovski boxes are the gray cylinders with the old Swarovski Block (SC) logo.
The block SC logo was replaced by the Swan logo in 1989 and the gray cylinders were modified to reflect this change with the Swan logo imprinted on them.
In 2002, Swarovski introduced new corporate colors in a dark navy blue & red in their retail stores, and the boxes were also changed to reflect the new colors. At first they were designed the same way as the old gray containers, with the Swan logo.
It should be noted by our collectors that the gray cylinder boxes, logos & certificates did not always match. This is especially true during the transition period from the old to the new logo. It is not unusual to find the same product issued in a gray or blue box, as Swarovski used the old gray boxes until their stock was depleted, before using the newly designed blue cylinders.
Currently, the crystal is issued in square blue boxes (as shown) that the collectors do not like, as the ‘Tab’ that is used to open the box is sometimes hard to open, tears easily, and ‘The Box’ becomes less than perfect.
Despite the familiar refrain we hear from our Crystal Fanatics all the time, but ‘we collect crystal, not boxes’, most agree that it is wise to save the packaging.
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