About Swarovski –
Swarovski (English pronunciation: /swɒrˈɒfski/ sworr-off-skee) is the brand name for a range of precisely-cut crystal and related luxury products produced by Swarovski AG of Wattens, Austria. The Swarovski Crystal business unit primarily works with designing crystal luxury items.
Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that he served his apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892, he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal products.
In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co. The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.
The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal figurines and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor, and chandeliers, and a lot more!
All figurines are marked with the Swarovski logo. The original Swarovski logo was what collectors of Swarovski Crystal refer to as the SC block logo. It was replaced with the current swan logo in 1988.
To create crystal that lets light refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its products with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or “AB”, is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow appearance. Other coatings include Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated as AB 2X or Dorado 2X, etc.
In 2004, Swarovski released Xilion, a copyrighted cut designed to optimize the brilliance of the cut crystal.
The Swarovski Group also includes Tyrolit – makers of abrasive and cutting tools; Swareflex – reflective and luminous road markings; Signity – synthetic and natural gemstones; and Swarovski Optik – optical instruments such as binoculars and rifle scopes.
The company runs a crystal-themed attraction, Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) at its original Wattens site near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria. The Crystal Worlds center is fronted by an elaborate ‘giant’ fountain. Crystal Worlds houses exhibitions related to, or inspired by designers and, the manufacturing of crystals.
Also on site is the Swarovski Factory, where no one is allowed to visit, and a beautiful outdoor park area.
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Reference : Wikipedia