In 1987, The Swarovski Crystal Society (SCS) was founded, in response to countless requests from crystal lovers all over the world.
The “Lovebirds”, designed by Max Schreck and Adi Stocker, the only annuals ever produced by two designers, becomes the first annual limited edition, at a retail issue price of $150.00. Estimated Value today? $3500.00! This piece is much sought after by Crystal Fanatics.
Interestingly enough, Adi Stocker is not allowed to sign this piece at any of the current Swarovski Events or Galas; that is if you get the rare chance to see him. Adi is no longer designing for Swarovski, but is working as the Director of the Swarovski Design Team.
What began as a small group of SCS collectors now has a membership in excess of 350,000 + members worldwide.
Members benefit from unique offers, events, sneak previews, and the opportunity to purchase the Annual Edition issues, as well as receiving the Swarovski Magazine, issued quarterly. We often joke about the Swarovski Magazine, as members of the Crystal Fanatics Club have known about any announcements, previews, and new issues, long before receiving the Magazine.
Swarovski is planning to celebrate their 25th anniversary of the SCS with a very special journey for SCS members along the Danube River August 17 – 26, 2012.
We are often asked, just what is Swarovski Crystal? so FYI:
“Swarovski Silver Crystal” vs. “Rock Crystal” vs. “man-made crystal” …. Swarovski Silver Crystal is “man-made” and produced by combining a variety of different minerals, including quartz and lead oxide. The manufacturing process uses full lead crystal containing more than 30% lead oxide, producing a crystal with a “deep color spectrum”.
“Rock crystal”, on the other hand, is a semiprecious stone, considered a mineral quartz, that occurs naturally. Therefore, “Swarovski Silver Crystal produces a more brilliant color than natural rock crystal.
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