Swarovski used a Crystal teardrop component for the 1984, 1987, 1989 Swarovski Christmas Ornaments, and on some of the 1986 Swarovski ‘Holiday Etchings’ ornies, all issued by Giftware Suite.
In 1984, a Fleur de lis ornament was issued on a teardrop component & in 1985, etched trees were used.
The 1986 ‘Holiday Etchings’ ornies displays bells, angels, holly, mistletoe, and other designs. These 11 ‘Holiday Etchings’ are among the rarest of Swarovski Ornaments.
The 1987 ornament displays a candle.
The 1989 Ornament displays a dove and the teardrop crystal is framed by gold-tone metal in the shape of a Christmas tree. This ended the use of the crystal teardrop format.
All the Swarovski ornaments mentioned here, issued in the 1980’s, have the year etched below the featured design. They were only available in the USA at the time of production, making them more sought after by our Crystal Fanatics.
Duplicate ornaments without the Date etched on a crystal teardrop are also out there. These were produced by Swarovski too, but because they are not dated, are considered less desirable, and sell for less on the secondary market.
In 1991, the much loved Annual Edition Star & Snowflake series began, and they are still issued alternately on a yearly basis and retire the year of issue. That’s for another article! 🙂
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