Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous people out there, who try to pass off their ‘remade’ Swarovski issues as another ‘version’ issued by Swarovski.
WARNING: these are not ‘official’ Swarovski issues!
They are FAKES, pawned off to unsuspecting collectors as a RARE version to add to their collection at highly inflated prices, BEWARE!
Among the most familiar in this insane repertoire are the following:
Frosted Mane Lion
Supposedly, another version of the 1995 Annual Edition Lion, the mane was easily acid-etched. I personally know who ‘invented’ this Fake rendition.
Squirrel – Var 3 – Black Nut
The black nut is the same piece of crystal used in the eyes of the Frog Prince & can easily be switched by someone who knows what they are doing. It is believed this was accomplished by a “former” Swarovski employee.
Poodle Standing – Frosted Tail
The same person who ‘modified’ the Frosted Mane on the Lion also applied the acid-etched frosting to the tail of the Standing Poodle aftermarket.
Egg Paperweight – Bermuda Blue
According to one of our well-known fellow Crystal Fanatics, who does not have one of these in his VAST collection, told us there is no such thing as a Bermuda Blue Egg. This egg supposedly has a Flat bottom and sculptured to a point, as in the original egg issued in 1979, designed by Max Schreck with a flat ground on the bottom where the color is applied.
He has suggested that one could be faked. “You can pull the flocking off the bottom and then put the color on the crystal, then put the flock back on. It would be easy to detect. ” He doesn’t know anyone who has a Bermuda Blue egg. Do you?
For those curious about how they get the color on the paperweights, it is done by using a process called vaporization.
If you ever see a Bermuda Blue Egg Paperweight, it is very probable that it is a phony.
Each of these items are still listed in the so-called reference book, sometimes used by Swarovski Crystal collectors, unfortunately, giving these issues credibility. The Crystal Fanatic mentioned above informed us that he has told the authors of these reference books repeatedly that they should not do so unless they have proper documentation for these ‘so-called’ Swarovski issues.
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