ARE YOU A COLLECTOR ?


Here are signs that you are, indeed, A Collector!

Are most your pieces from one manufacturer?
    ie., Swarovski, Hummel, Lladro, to name a few.

    Would you ever buy a duplicate of one you already have?

    Do you have/save the original packaging?
    Is your garage full of bins with boxes from your collection?

    Do you remember when it started? 
    Every true collector remembers when they bought their first piece.

    Do you love learning about your collection?

    Does the ‘thrill of the hunt’ feed your drive to collect that rare and coveted piece?

    Are you proud of owning sought after pieces?

    Do you sometimes buy a piece because of your Childhood memories?

    Do you buy certain memorabilia ? (related to Sports, Disney, Elvis Star Wars, etc).

    Do you buy certain Celebrity items ?

    Do you enjoy collecting as a leisure activity ?

    Do you meet other Collectors at swap meets and auctions where a shared hobby has formed the basis of many friendships?

    Do you collect in the hopes your collection will make money/increase in value in the years to come?
   
    Are you a member of a collecting club?

If you can answer the majority of these questions with a Yes! You are a Collector!

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SWAROVSKI ASHTRAYS


In the Final Blog post for Swarovski-related Smoking products, we’ll discuss the various  ashtrays that were issued.

Ashtray7461 100 000 / 010 061
Ashtray, all crystal
Can have the old Block SC logo or the Swan logo
Size: 3 15/16 inches / 100mm Round
Designer: Max Schreck
Issue Date: 1981 / Retired 1990
MRP: $170

9280 000 017 / 168 007
Cendrier (Ashtray in French)
Designer: Martin Szekely
Size: 50 x 70 x 80mm
Solid block of crystal with total production of 2,182 pieces, originally part of Selection product line
Logo: Swan and Swarovski Selection
Issue Date: 1992 / Retired 1995
MRP: $190

Ashtray_Rhodium_V17501 061 000 / 011 157
Ashtray – Polished Rhodium
Var. 1 has a narrow band of rhodium metal at the top
Designer: Team
Old block logo
Size: 2 inches 50mm in diameter
Issue Date: 1977 / Retired 1982
MRP: $45

7501 061 000 / 011 157
Ashtray – Polished  Gold
Var. 3 has a narrow band of gold at the top
Designer: Team
Old block logo
Size: 2 inches 50mm in diameter
Issue Date: 1977 / Retired 1982
MRP: $45

9980NR000013 / 160 783
Posacenere – Ashtray in Italian
Designer: Alessandro Mendini
Size: 3-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches / 8.2 x 13.2 cm
Clear Cut Crystal bowl on a faceted stemmed base.
Marked with Designer’s signature and serial number.
Ltd Ed of 500.
Logo: Swan and DANIEL SWAROVSKI
Issued: 1989 / Retired 1998
MRP: $1,600

9980 000 012 / 159 458
Posacenere  (Ashtray)
Designer: Ettore Sottsass
Size: 1-3/16 x 7-3/4 inches / 3 x 18.5 cm
Faceted edges, Ltd Ed of 500
Numbered and marked with Designer´s signature and serial number.
Logo: Swan and DANIEL SWAROVSKI
Issued: 1989 / Retired 2001
MRP: $1,720

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Swarovski Cigarette Lighters


To continue our Discussion about Swarovski-produced Smoking related issues, the following represents information for the Swarovski Cigarette Lighters.

7462 062 000 / 010 098 / 010098 – Var. 1
Cigarette Lighter
Var 1 has a more rounded rhodium top
Logo: Block SC or Swan
Designer: Max Schreck
Size: 3 1/4 inches
Issue Date: 1981 / Retired 1990
MRP: $160

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7500NR50 / 7500 050 000 – Var. 2
Brushed Rhodium Cigarette Lighter – Var 2 has Brushed metal and a wide band of rhodium, with a beveled rhodium top & crystal stones on the top and bottom.
Logo: Block SC
Size: 3 5/8 inches 92mm high
Designer: Team
Issue Date: 1977 / Retired 1982
MRP: $160

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7500NR50 / 7500 050 000 – Var. 3
Polished Gold Cigarette Lighter
Polished Metal with a wide band of gold
Size: 3 5/8 inches 92mm high
Issue Date: 1977 / Retired 1983
MRP $160

At one time, before the collapse in the Collectibles market, Variations 2 and 3 were worth in the $2,000 range.

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Swarovski Beetle Bottle Openers


The Beetle Bottle Openers have been one of our most controversial subjects among our ‘Crystal Fanatics’, for their ultimate uniqueness and for their design attributes… some like it while others do not think they are very attractive. What do you think ??

Beetle Bottle Opener - Gold, Smooth

Beetle Bottle Opener – Gold, Smooth

7505 076 001 / 011 840
Beetle Bottle Opener – Gold, Smooth
Var. 1
SC block only (may be hidden from view)  stamped on the metal component
The metal body where the legs attach has a smooth finish, stones are not interchangeable.
Designer: Team
Size: 4 3/8 inches 110mm long
Issue Date: 1978 / Retired 1983
MRP: $80

7505 076 002 / 011 840
Beetle Bottle Opener – Rhodium, Smooth
Var. 1

7505 076 001 / 011 840
Beetle Bottle Opener – Gold – Rough surface
Var. 2  Logo: Block SC

Beetle Bottle Opener, Rhodium, rough

The metal body where the legs attach has a rough texture, crystal stones are not interchangeable.
These two issues have the same specifics as those above, the only difference is in the textured surface.  The difference is on the side of the metal; it is either smooth or rough in texture.

The Beetle Bottle Opener was also available in Genuine Silver. Possibly a prototype.

At one time, they were valued at several thousand dollars.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Crystal Fanatics Club!


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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CFC !
Crystal Fanatics Club Celebrates their 17th Anniversary on the internet Today !
We are Proud of the many, many friendships that have formed over the years among our Collectors from all over the world.
We would like to THANK our CFC Members for their continued support.

Crystal Fanatics Club (CFC), is a worldwide club site on the WEB *FOR Collectors of Swarovski Crystal.* We are currently celebrating our 17th Anniversary as the PREMIERE site on the Web for Swarovski Collectors. We are a friendly, caring and eclectic mixture of people from all over the world!
For a modest subscription fee, we offer extensive Photo Galleries, multiple Discussion Boards and Weekly Live Chats hosted from all around the world. CFC is a great place to “meet” like-minded crystal collecting friends to discuss your favorite products with absolutely NO advertising.
The Crystal Fanatics Club was established in 1999.

Packed with more information than ever and with far more powerful tools, you’ll love Crystal Fanatics Club!

*MOST OFTEN!* the  “FIRST” to bring you “BREAKING Swarovski News!”

LOTS of  Photos Albums! of our favorite crystal, as well as photos from CFC gatherings and events, AND individual pictures posted by our members.

There are currently MORE THAN *13,000 Photos in our Photo Galleries! No other club site features so many Photos!
Featuring ALL the info you need to know about each Swarovski issue displayed in full color, with a complete description posted to each Photo in the Gallery, including ALL the Current Values for Retired Swarovski Crystal.
FREE with your Membership!
No More Need for Costly and Outdated Annual Books to document your Collection !

 *Live Chats* ~ every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, using Our Very Own On-Site Integrated CHAT ROOM!   ~  all brought to you by our very own CFC members!

NOT ONE, but FIVE Message Boards!

(1) The CFC Discussion Message Board – Our Main Bulletin Board, where members conduct most of our interaction. Post your message, respond to messages from others, gossip, share, learn ALL About Swarovski!

(2) CFC Buy/Trade/Sell Board – where we exchange, trade, buy and sell between club members only. Free with your membership! We never assess fees for selling your Goods.

EVEN MORE MESSAGE BOARDS!

(3) CFC Member Spotlights – (archived) – READ all about your Fellow Collectors and see their collections!

(4) “I am looking for….” –  Members POST items of interest to ADD to their collections!

(5) “Trip Reports….” –  Members POST reports of their Swarovski-related TRIPS & EVENTS (archived).

We offer INSURANCE for Your Collectibles to U.S. Members!

*Meet the Fanatics* (Photos) is the place to put faces with the names … or nicknames, & MEET your fellow club members!

Calendar of events for CFC. Add your own dates of importance to the calendar and find other great dates for “special” Swarovski and CFC Club Events.

 JOIN Crystal Fanatics Club for Collectors of Swarovski  to start receiving the “benefits of membership”  for just $29.95!  We WELCOME your participation!
Join NOW!  You’ll be so glad you did !
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If you want to see even more Galleries of Photos, Discuss crystal with other collectors from all around the world, then There is No Better Place To Be.

Hope to see you there!

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Swarovski Beetle Bottle Openers


The Beetle Bottle Openers have been one of our most controversial subjects among our ‘Crystal Fanatics’, for their ultimate uniqueness and for their design attributes… some like it while others do not think they are very attractive. What do you think ??

 

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7505 076 001 / 011 840
Beetle Bottle Opener – Gold, Smooth
Var. 1
SC block only (may be hidden from view)  stamped on the metal component
The metal body where the legs attach has a smooth finish, stones are not interchangeable.
Designer: Team
Size: 4 3/8 inches 110mm long
Issue Date: 1978 / Retired 1983
MRP: $80

Beetle Bottle Opener, Rhodium, roughBeetle Bottle Opener – Rhodium, Rough Edge, Var. 2

7505 076 002 / 011 840
Beetle Bottle Opener – Rhodium, Smooth
Var. 1
Logo: Block SC
7505 076 001 / 011 840
Beetle Bottle Opener – Gold – Rough surface
Var. 2
The metal body where the legs attach has a rough texture, crystal stones are not interchangeable.
These two issues have the same specifics as those above, the only difference is in the textured surface.  The difference is on the side of the metal; it is either smooth or rough in texture.

The Beetle Bottle Opener was also available in Genuine Silver. Possibly a prototype.

At one time, they were valued at several thousand dollars.

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Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal World) – Reinvented


Giant at Night

Giant at Night, Photo from one of our very own Crystal Fanatics, © Copyright 2017. Crystal Fanatics Club, LLC

Swarovski’s Kristallwelten (Crystal World) –  a bit of crystal-encrusted luxury?  You Bet!

Twenty minutes outside Innsbruck, amid the mountains of Tyrol, a  world of shimmering crystal awaits. Swarovski Crystal Worlds is an attraction unlike any other – and better than ever after its recent renovations.

Swarovski Crystal Worlds opened in 1995 to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary, designed by André Heller.  In its 20 years of existence, this unique destination has attracted more than 12 million visitors, constantly reinventing itself.

To celebrate its 120th birthday in 2015, the Tyrolean crystal maker ushered in a new era of wonder. The Chambers of Wonder exude a new brilliance; five of them have been completely redesigned and expanded outwards to include an open space of crystalline nature: the garden.  Swarovski spent $38 million revamping Kristallwelten, which includes a glassy four-story “playtower” from the Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta, new art exhibits, like Crystal Cloud, a suspended cumulous-shaped net studded with 800,000 crystals, and a subterranean retail space dripping in crystal !
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Photo from one of our own Crystal Fanatics, © Copyright 2017. Crystal Fanatics Club, LLC

Landscape artists Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot created the Crystal Cloud, a monumental installation comprising some 800,000 hand-mounted Swarovski crystals that drift above a black Mirror Pool.

Don’t miss the adjacent Swarovski Store. In its new form, the shopping landscape is among the largest Swarovski flagship stores worldwide.

The food at Daniels Café and Restaurant warrants a trip on its own & is accessible without an entrance ticket.

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