What Is So Special About Swarovski Crystal

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Who is Swarovski Crystal Company?

Swarovski crystal is a brand name and is regarded as the finest quality manufacturer of cut crystal.  The company which is located in Austria began developing machine cut crystal in 1895 under the name A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co. later changed to K.S. & Co.  Armand Kosmann was the financial backer to the new company while Daniel Swartz was the man who  figured out how to cut and manufacture  a superior product while simultaneously rocking one of the greatest hipster mustaches before hipster was even a thing : ).

Swarovski Daniel 1895

Daniel Swarovski 1895

As people began to recognize the quality and inventiveness their designs the company grew, building generations of collectors as well as providing a resource for the finest independent designers in the world.  We don’t know why, but Daniel later changed his last name to  Swarovski and that would be what the company goes by to this day.

 You will find Swarovski crystal being used in everything from purses, hats, shoes, wedding gowns, jewelry and chandeliers additionally the company produces figurines, ornaments and home decor.  Many of the worlds leading designers in all mediums use the Swarovski company’s products including Christian Louboutin, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors…. I mean the list goes on and on and the price of their work hikes every time you find Swarovski in their products.  Take for instance Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50 boots that regularly sell for around $600. The newest 50/50 boot celebrating their 20th anniversary on gilt was encrusted with Swarovski Crystal and commanded a $10,000 price tag because of it.

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$10,000 50/50 boots

Oh I forgot to mention one of the coolest things made with Swarovski Crystal is the Star on top of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center!!!!

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So now that we know a brief little history on the company lets dip into the actual product they produce and why it has such an allure.  Different from natural earth crystals mined from regions around the globe, man-made crystal is essentially a form of glass.  Crystal in this case refers to a glass that is produced with a concentration of lead in the chemical formula.  Lead assists in creating a glass which is clearer and more sparkly.  Referred to as the refractive index, it is a way of measuring the degree to which a substance separates light into its full color spectrum or the prism effect which is about 13% greater than normal glass.  The lead in the glass also creates slightly more weight to the crystal and believe it or not actually maintains a colder temperature to the pieces (by holding glass in 1 hand and crystal in the other there is a noticeable difference).  Quick disclaimer that lead within a crystal will not harm you by wearing it, now if you decide to chew and eat them this is a totally different story in which I think the least of your worries being the lead in the crystal.

Through out the existence of the Swarovski Company they continuously develop new colors, shapes and facet techniques introducing new lines of their elements for designers to use.  The new direction of the company is to produce only Non-leaded crystal as they strive to create glass formulas that have a similar look and clarity.  These pieces are often less symmetrical and just a bit funkier then the vintage crystal.  But as someone who works primarily with the vintage crystal there is definitely a difference on how clean and crisp the edges are on the older material.  I guess that’s what we like about them and why we spend so much time trying to acquire unused quantities of the vintage crystal.  Now here are some examples of the Newest jewelry collection for spring 2014, I personally LOVE this color combination and you will find me wearing this winter,spring,summer and fall!

jewelry collection by Karen Curtis NYC

Swarovski crystal bracelet by Karen Curtis NYC

Crystal earrings by Karen Curtis NYC

triple drop earrings all swarovski crystal Karen Curtis

We hope you’ve enjoyed a brief history on the Swarovski Company as well as a look into what Swarovski has provided designers like ourselves to accomplish in our fields.

-Karen

Thank You for the Overwelming Response to our 2014 Jewelry Collections

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The recap of the holiday season!

Every year we are so honored to exhibit at the Grand Central Holiday Fair, and this year was not only a successful one but also full of emotion.  It truly is like we have an extended family. Though we might not get to see all of you throughout the rest of the year, catching up and getting to hear about all the happenings in your lives is something that we look forward to and makes us feel as through we mean as much to you as you to us.  We sincerely hope for a prosperous 2014 to everyone who has touched our lives!
From a business stand point, we approached this year with a newly designed booth which highlighted 8 new collections of jewelry (3 more than prior years).  The response from everyone was more exciting than we had imagined, and with more one of a kinds and fresh new designs, many of you received pieces that we feel are some of the best designs in the 13 years that The Karen Curtis Company has been in business.  Please wear them all the time, unless of course getting lots of compliments on your jewelry is something that becomes too much to handle (lol designer humor shining through).
Many people ask how our year is structured and what other events we can be found at?
Well, our next show is Mother’s Day weekend at Crafts on Columbus (located on Columbus ave. next to the museum of natural history).  This is a great outdoor show that we have been a part of for years and look forward to seeing some of you there. But wait there is another great place we can be found all year!!!  The world-wide web!!  www.KarenCurtis.com is new and improved, we also regularly update it with new jewelry collections, colorful wine stoppers, and of course lighting.  Also look for savings on your next purchase just by adding us to your favorite form of social media!  So if there is a dress in your closet in need of a dazzling accessory, a gift you need for your honey, or just dying to get your hands on a colorful piece of jewelry for an upcoming season…. now you have www.karencurtis.com as quick and easy shopping resource!  Don’t hesitate to contact us through the messenger app on the site or through email, we don’t want the personal attention we strive to provide to be lost, so Aaron or I will gladly be here year round to help assist everyone!
This holiday season would not be possible without the most fantastic venue in the world as well as an amazing staff of people making the magic of the holiday fair come to life. We would like to give special thanks to everyone at Grand Central.  The Jones Lang Lasalle team especially Connie and Laura.  The trouble shooting engineers from GCT including Jim, Carl, Joe, and Greg.  The maintenance crew for keeping everything pristine and squeaky clean. And also the security team this year who did a fantastic job with professionalism and friendliness.
Karen Curtis Jewelry
Cheers and Best Wishes in 2014
Karen and Aaron