The Glittering Facts About Swarovski Crystals

pronounced: Swore-off-ski

Swarovski crystals are glitzy yet affordable and currently Swarovski offers more than 100,000 different shapes, colors, sizes, and facet styles, and their collection now includes more than 50,000 different articles.

~ The word crystal is based on the Greek word krystallos, derived from kryosk, meaning icy cold.

~ Performer Liberace had a piano encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

~ Marilyn Monroe wore a skin-tight evening gown dripping with 6,000 Swarovski crystals while singing "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962. This dress fetched $1.2 million at a Christie's auction in 1999.

~The replicas of the British Crown Jewels are made with Swarovski crystals.

~ Swarovski was also a sponsor for The Phantom of the Opera (2004 film), in which the "standing model" of the chandelier was composed of Swarovski crystals. A Swarovski shop window is also visible later in the film.

I honestly don't know if I could even make a guess at my current Swarovski inventory -that's how big it is! Although I will admit I do remember most of the items listed above that used Swarovski crystals -guess that is what made them so memorable in the first place. Which is why virtually all my jewelry designs incorporate Swarovski crystals in some way, or are entirely made using them.

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