Swarovski has created exclusive, sparkling tiaras with Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED Elements exclusively for the debutantes attending this year’s Viennese Opera Ball.
Swarovski has always linked this cultural legacy with festive occasions such as the Viennese Opera Ball, a high point of the season, since 1956. The 54th Viennese Opera Ball takes place on February 16, 2012 The unusual headdress will give the 160 young women a fairytale-like appearance at their social debut.
The design of this year’s crown originated in the SWAROVSKI Parisian Design Studio and is Inspired by the precious element of water. Following the Spring/Summer collection “Out of the Blue,” the Swarovski Design Team drew on its passion for detail to create the charming 2012 Opera Ball tiara. It presents itself as an elegantly sparkling jewelery piece, uniquely fusing tradition and modernity. The exclusive beading technique, which was specially developed for the “Out of the Blue“ Swarovski Spring/Summer 2010 collection, gives the tiara a shimmering, flowing design. The crystal elements of Crystal Moonlight convey elegance.
“This creation is a tribute to the diversity and beauty of life in the sea. Water is endlessly inspiring and quenches our thirst for life,” said Nathalie Colin, Swarovski Creative Director. The ‘Out of the Blue’ tiara is timelessly elegant. Its shimmering crystal elements and sparkling facets express the fullness of the vital element of water, whose character also corresponds to the properties of Swarovski crystal.”
Traditionally, the Viennese Opera Ball is held in the Wiener Staatsoper, a magnificent Neo-Renaissance building.
In 1895, Daniel Swarovski I, a Bohemian inventor and visionary, moved to the village of Wattens, Tyrol in Austria, with his newly-invented machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewelery stones. From this beginning that revolutionized the fashion world, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal, for fashion, jewelery,figurines, and more recently lighting, architecture and interiors. Today, the company, still based in Wattens, is privately family-owned and run by 4th and 5th generation family members. Swarovski has a global reach, with some 26.000 employees, a presence in over 120 countries and a turnover in 2008 of 2.52 billion Euros.
Swarovski comprises two major businesses, one producing and selling loose elements to the industry and the other creating design-driven finished products. Swarovski crystal components, known by their product brand names CRYSTALLIZED – Swarovski Elements for fashion and STRASS Swarovski Crystal for architecture and light, have become an essential ingredient of international design.
Since 1965 the company has also catered to the fine jewelery industry with precision-cut genuine gemstones. Showing the creativity that lies at the heart of the company, Swarovski’s own-brand lines of accessories, jewelery and home decor are sold through more than 1,600 retail outlets in all major fashion capitals. Meanwhile, the exclusive Daniel Swarovski accessories collection has become the company’s couture signature.
The Swarovski Crystal Society has close to 350,000 members worldwide, keen collectors of the celebrated crystal figurines. And in Wattens, Swarovski Kristallwelten, the multi-media crystal museum, was opened in 1995, as a celebration of Swarovski’s universe of innovation and inspiration. The Swarovski corporation also includes Tyrolit, manufacturing grinding tools, Swareflex, for road safety reflectors, and Swarovski Optik, producing precision optical instruments.
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