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Find yourself in Swarovski's Library of Light - Xinhua
BEIJING, May 24 -- Fans of Swarovski's bling-tastic jewelry can customize their own collection of crystal creations at the company's new flagship store in downtown Shanghai. Swarovski Crystallized, the Austrian designer's newly opened concept store on...
An exceptional crew of jewelry makers - Boston Globe
Sterling silver and Swarovski beads are strung together one by one into bracelets representing a cause: autism, breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Special Olympics, Down syndrome. And anything else a customer might request....
Summer SAND AND SEA Bracelets - HealthNewsDigest.com
It is filled with Swarovski crystals, Freshwater Pearls, Glass Pearls, Mussel coin shells, seashells and tiny glass beads all stitched together. The Swarovski crystals are in shades of Pacific Opal, Sand Opal, Mint Alabaster and Light Azore....
Swarovski Architectural Lighting Shines - Luxist
I'm not sure just how long these items have been available but I honestly had no idea Swarovski carried a line of architectural lighting options. Whether you choose a single crystal for a more modern setting or an artsy array of crystals designed to...
Best of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair - Los Angeles Times
Recession notwithstanding, touches of super-lux design could be seen at the show, and had there been a prize for the category, Swarovski would have won. The company employed Orion to showcase Swarovski's renown crystals. Orion obliged, lining the...
Bridal Fashion Advice: Should I carry a purse with my wedding dress? - Examiner.com
If your dress has beading, such as Swarovski Crystals, go for something that has a bit more bling with the same stones. Feathered handbags are on the rise and go with the vintage or modern look--they are my personal fave! If you have color detail on...
Crystal Exchange America Sees 25% Growth in Swarovski Crystal ... - PR Web (press release)
Crystal Exchange America is an online store with reputable Swarovski dealers featuring discontinued and retired Swarovski. (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 12, 2009 -- Crystal Exchange America is excited about the growth and record number of Swarovski crystal...
Swarovski boosted by the China market as sales to Chinese ... - MoodieReport
Sales for Austrian crystal specialist Swarovski are booming in China, offsetting the economic gloom elsewhere in the world. Speaking as a panellist at the TFWA Asia Pacific conference last week, Daniel Swarovski Corp Vice President Travel Retail Peter...
Scotland set to shine as host of Hollywood jewellers' show - Scotland on Sunday
Swarovski has confirmed it will bring its catwalk show to Stirling Castle next month. the Scottish Fashion Awards (SFA), will be the first time the prestigious runway display will take place outside Paris. Previously the firm has supplied jewellery and...
Kraun Computer Accessories Range Launch In The UK - TMC Net
And for that special gift, what about the Swarovski mouse, covered in genuine Swarovski crystals and retailing at GBP71.80. Products fall into 70 family groups with more than 650 items including Desktop, Music & Photos, Connectivity, Networking,...


Swarovski crystal beads

Swarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut lead crystal glass and related products produced by Swarovski AG of Wattens, Austria.

Daniel Swarovski (born October 24, 1862, in Georgenthal bei Gablonz, now known as Jiřetín pod Bukovou, near Jablonec nad Nisou northern Bohemia - Czech Republic. Died January 23, 1956, Wattens) was born to a glass cutter in the Austrian monarchy. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of lead crystal glass jewellery.

In 1895 Swarovski, financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swarovski & Co, which was later shortened to K.S. & Co. The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol, to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes which Daniel Swarovski had patented.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal range includes crystal sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor and chandeliers.

All sculptures are marked with a logo. The original Swarovski logo was an edelweiss flower, but was replaced with the current swan logo in 1988.

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Other coatings include Crystal Transmission, Volcano, Aurum, and Dorado. Coatings may be applied to only part of an object; others are coated twice, and thus are designated AB 2X, Dorado 2X etc.

In 2004 Swarovski released Xilion, a new copyrighted cut designed to optimise the brilliance of Roses (crystal components with flat backs) and Chatons (diamond cut).

The Swarovski Group also includes Tyrolit (makers of abrasive and cutting tools); Swareflex (reflective and luminous road markings); Signity (synthetic and natural gemstones); and Swarovski Optik (optical instruments such as binoculars and rifle scopes).

The company runs a crystal-themed indoor theme park, Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) at its original Wattens site (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). The Crystal Worlds centre is fronted by a grass-covered head, the mouth of which is a fountain. The grass-covered Crystal Worlds houses exhibitions related to, or inspired by, the crystals - but not an show of how the famous designs are made, produced or finished.

In 2007 Swarovski formed a partnership with electronics giant Philips to produce the "Active-Crystals" consumer electronics range. This includes four USB Memory keys and four in-ear headphones, and in 2008 they included Bluetooth wireless earpieces for the brand, all with some form of Swarovski crystal on them as decoration.

The company also sells beads and rhinestones for use by manufacturers, artists and consumers in their designs.

In 2007 Swarovski also launched the product brand website crystallized.com which provides information for designers and manufacturers in the worlds of fashion, jewellery, accessories and interiors. Crystallized - Swarovski Elements is the new product brand for Swarovski crystals in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Products that are labelled with this brand guarantee the originality of Swarovski crystals used in creations of international fashion houses and designers.

In 2004, Swarovski created the 9 foot diameter, 550 pound star that tops the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City for the first of five consecutive years.

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. However instead of using the edelweiss flower, which would have been the case in the era the film was set, the current swan logo was used instead.

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Swarovski Optik

Swarovski Optik is an Austrian manufacturer of sports optics, including binoculars, rifle scopes, telescopes, laser range finders and image intensifiers. Its headquarters are in Absam, Tyrol, where most of the products are developed and manufactured. Swarovski Optik is part of the Swarovski group.

The company grew out of binocular production by Swarovski during World War Two (a business that was started by Wilhelm Swarovski in 1935). It was established as a separate optical company in 1948.

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FC Swarovski Tirol

FC Swarovski Tirol was an Austrian football club from 1986-1993 when it became FC Tirol Innsbruck.

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Reeds Jewelers


Reeds Jewelers is a U.S. retail jewelry company founded in 1946 by Bill and Roberta Zimmer in Wilmington, North Carolina. Reeds Jewelers sells diamonds and precious gems, fine jewelry, brand-name watches, Swarovski crystal, and jewelry accessories in its chain of retail stores primarily located in shopping malls and in its online store Reeds.com . In May 2008, National Jeweler magazine listed Reeds Jewelers as the ninth largest North American Retail Jewelry chain .

In December 1986 Reeds Jewelers sold 600,000 shares on the NASDAQ, trading under the symbol REEDS. The company’s share of the proceeds, $3.7 million dollars were used in the acquisition of Dreyfus Jewelry Company of Memphis, a nineteen store chain in the Southeast and Midwest, and a year later Gray's Jewelers, Inc., a five store chain based in Tulsa, Oklahoma . In 1995 Reeds Jewelers purchased Melart Jewelers, a mid-Atlantic based jeweler operating stores in Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania . In 1998 Reeds Jewelers moved to the American Stock Exchange and traded using the symbol RJI. In February 2004 the company returned to private ownership by the Zimmer family, making it the largest family owned jeweler in America.

As of November 2008, Reeds Jewelers operates 75 retail stores in shopping malls and life-style shopping centers in 18 states: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. .

Since 2003, Reeds Jewelers has sponsored a "Why I Love My Mom" essay contest for 4th and 5th graders to honor their mom on Mother's Day. Over 100,000 students have participated in the essay contest. The winners are awarded a diamond necklace pendant for their mom. .

Why I Love My Mom Contest - Video.

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Behnaz Sarafpour

Behnaz Sarafpour is a New York City-based designer who introduced a line of women's apparel bearing her name in 2001. She attended Parsons School of Design, where she was honored with the prestigious Golden Thimble Award, and has held design positions at Anne Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Tyler, and Barneys New York. Her collections are presented in New York with the aid of various sponsors. Her Spring 2005 sponsor, Tiffany & Co., allowed her to present the collection at the jewelry company's 5th Avenue flagship store.

Sarafpour is a member of the prestigious CFDA, through which a close relationship began after her nomination for the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for ready to wear in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

In November 2006, Sarafpour designed a collection of clothing and accessories for Target Corporation's Go International which consisted of moderately priced but high quality items. Sarafpour also minted a limited-edition lipstick for Lancôme and jeans for Scott Morrison's Ernest Sewn collection.

Her clothing can be found among the rich and the famous, with celebrity fans including Claire Danes, Selma Blair, Rachael McAdams, Mandy Moore, and Anne Hathaway.

Sarafpour is of Iranian origin, growing up in the United States. Sarafpour married Ogilvy & Mather consultant Evan C. Shumeyko in Bermuda in July 2007. They live in NYC's West Village and a Dutch Colonial farmhouse in New Jersey.

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Source : Wikipedia