Having just finished a very well received series of articles about the Swarovski Masterpiece Numbered Limited Editions (NLE’s), we thought you might enjoy reading about the Swarovski SCS Limited Edition Annuals.
Over the course of the next few months, we will be featuring articles for our Crystal Fanatics, highlighting these highly coveted issues.
Each of the Annual Editions were available for purchase only to collectors who are members of the Swarovski Crystal Society, (SCS), a membership of more than 300,000 members, according to Swarovski. SCS was begun in 1987 only in the English-speaking countries of the USA, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and South Africa. Consequently, the distribution channel for the Lovebirds was not as far reaching as it is today.
The very first Annual Edition was the Swarovski ‘Togetherness Lovebirds” issued in 1987, the first of 3 in the ‘Caring and Sharing’ Trilogy. The Lovebirds are a figurine with 2 crystal birds, standing just over 4” tall, with frosted beaks, perched on a frosted branch.They are coveted by Swarovski Collectors and our Crystal Fanatics.
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When they were issued, two Swarovski designers were given credit for the design: Max Schreck (now deceased) and Adi Stocker, presently the Director of the Swarovski Design Team. Many of our collectors were disappointed when he was promoted to this position, in that he would no longer personally design and/or attend the Swarovski Designer Signing Events. Although Adi Stocker was originally listed as a co-designer, in 1988, Swarovski decided to give full credit for the Lovebirds only to Max Schreck; however, Adi did sign the Lovebirds for collectors at Swarovski Designer Signing Events.
The SCS Swarovski Lovebirds retailed for $150.00 USD at the time of their introduction. The purchase price included the figurine, a custom-designed box, and a Swarovski COA (Certificate Of Authenticity). The piece is engraved with the old sCs logo.
The secondary market price for the Lovebirds, once they retired, soared to $4,500; however, today’s value has decreased considerably. A mint condition figurine, complete with original packaging, can be purchased on the secondary market for $2300 to $2700., and I’ve seen the figurine alone, without the box & cert, sell on the secondary market for $1100 to $1800.
I hate talking about Boxes and Certificates. You will hear the old refrain from collectors, ‘I don’t collect boxes’, but in fact, we do. It is a known fact that having the box and cert adds value to a retired piece, not for just Swarovski, but for any collectible. My garage has 30+ rubbermaid containers filled with Swarovski boxes and certs, as well as other Swarovski Magazines, Brochures, and ‘enclosures’ as keepsakes.
The Lovebirds Box actually was issued with a product number, just like any crystal piece of Swarovski, #DO3E861 (found on the bottom in tiny print). You might want to know that the product # listed in a published reference book for Swarovski Crystal is incorrect.
The box is Silver in color with the logo inscribed on it and a royal blue top. Inside the box, there is a 2 piece interlocking foam in the shape of the figurine to protect it from breakage.
The Current Value for the BOX only can be between $300 and $500.
Do You Think the insurance company will seriously pay you this much if the box gets damaged? 🙂 It’s one thing to be an ‘authority’ on valuations, and quite another to have some common sense.
The Lovebirds Certificate (COA) came in an English version and a little known English & French version. Again, the product # is incorrect in a published reference book for Swarovski Crystal. The English version is #DO4E861 (found on the back side of the cert in small print). The English & French version (rarely seen in the marketplace) is: # DO4E86; they come in a tissue-lined square white envelope, bearing the sCs logo. Personally, I think this is stupid, but I will list it FYI: the current value for the Certificate only can be from $140 – $300. Again, I don’t know that your insurance company will reimburse you for this cert should you lose it or it somehow gets damaged.
So, the most important facts here regarding the box and the cert is that they are specific to the Lovebirds, and having them, certainly does add value. Beware: A ‘generic’ Swarovski box or cert was not issued for this piece.
I have this beautiful piece in my Collection – without the Box or the Cert. It’s the piece of crystal that is important to me. You won’t find me purchasing the box or the cert on the secondary market at those so-called ‘values’. Would I buy them if they were $50? Maybe. LOL
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