Swarovski Valuations – Too Good to be True ?

Recently, while updating our CFC Photo Galleries, I noticed large discrepancies between ‘Current Values’ for Retired pieces, evaluated by so-called ‘experts and appraisers’ in the field, and the actual price some of these pieces sold for recently on eBay.
Let’s take a look at some of the rarer, older issues……..

Arribas Bros
Captain Hook Polygon Paperweight Value: $950 – Sold for $182.50
Out of Africa Polygon Paperweight Value: $700 – Sold for $152.50

Formerly Selection
Grande Contenitore Bowl Current Value $2350 Sold for $461.50
Uranus Candleholder 2012 CV: $900 – Sold on eBay for $169.16 in Nov 2012
Letter Opener Coupe-Papier Current Value $1290 – Sold on eBay for  $160.27 in Dec 2012 in Dec 2012

Daniel Swarovski Plume Letter Opener Current Value: $1050.00 – Sold on eBay for $179.49 in Dec 2012

These are only a few vivid examples of the carnage caused by so-called ‘experts’ to Swarovski Collectors, especially to those who have recently begun collecting Swarovski.  New collectors often mistake these valuations as the price they could actually get if they resold their retired pieces. Anything could be farther from the truth.
For clarification, there are some Swarovski issues that will retain their value; some Limited Editions, Numbered Limited Editions, and even some issued in other product lines.

I’m asked, Do people ever really get these prices ?
Sometimes, they do. They get it from ‘uninformed’ collectors, or collectors who do not want to take a chance buying a piece on eBay, so they use Secondary Market Dealers to purchase their pieces; some of them are reliable and honest; others, not so much. But, they’ll never see a ‘return on their investment’ if they pay top price.

These values represent what you would collect if you submitted an insurance claim for loss or breakage, plus another 10-15% for the fee collected by Secondary Market Dealers for selling the item; they don’t do it from the goodness of their heart.  Remember, that most companies on the internet are in the business of marketing & selling their services to you; they are not interested in  a group of people, like CFC, who share similar interests & their passion for collecting.
We need to take note also, that Swarovski sells for much more in the Secondary Market in the UK and Europe than it does in the USA.

Should I keep all the boxes/packaging?
In general, Mint pieces complete with their boxes (and certificates, if issued, a/k/a MIB) are given, & sell at higher valuations.

Oh, and Did you know about the New ‘collectorsBluebook’?  I had to laugh when I saw the name of this new website providing information for all kinds of Collectors.
Guess ‘Blue Book’ can’t be trademarked any more than a generic term like ‘Crystal Fanatics‘, so often used deceitfully by these so-called ‘experts and appraisers’.

We have more than 11,000 photos in our CFC Photo Galleries, most of them are photos of Swarovski Crystal. Until the collectible market collapsed, we were pretty keen about updating the values for retired pieces every year; now, no so much. They pretty much mean nothing, just take a good long look at eBay, who pretty much played a large part in the ‘devaluation’ of the collectibles market in general.

Always Remember that a piece is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
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4 thoughts on “Swarovski Valuations – Too Good to be True ?

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  3. “must live on a different planet.” LOL Robert

  4. Robert says:

    The best way for new collectors to find out what the true prices should be for Swarovski items is to talk to other more experienced collectors who have a greater knowledge about prices and values. That way new collectors are a lot less likely to pay over the odds for items for their collection.
    The best and only place to do this is The Crystal Fanatics Club (CFC) as most of the biggest and most knowledgeable collectors in the world are members, and are always willing to share their knowledge with other collectors.
    A few dollars a year on membership of The Crystal Fanatics Club, could save you many hundreds of dollars in costly mistakes by paying over the odds for items. It is a complete waste of time and money using annual so called valuation books. these books are based on one secondary market sellers guesses, Who I think must live on a different planet.
    Talk to other collectors then you will get a true idea on what an item is really worth.

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