Modern, masterfully produced
The name Swarovski has been synonymous with inventiveness, poetry and technical expertise for over 120 years. Its passion for perfection and constant innovation are what make the company the world’s leading brand for cut crystal, synthetic and real gemstones, and other refined products.
The founder Daniel Swarovski
The founder of the company, Daniel Swarovski (1862-1956), was a scientist and visionary, an entrepreneur and a humanist. Born and raised in the Bohemian village of Gablonz (now Jablonec nad Nisou), he helped his father from an early age with the production of hand-polished crystals for the region’s fashion and jewellery industry.
The origins of the crystal in Wattens/Austria
In 1895, Daniel Swarovski took his family to Wattens, where he set up the now world-famous Swarovski company. The remote Tyrolean village had two crucial advantages: On the one hand Daniel Swarovski could protect his invention from the prying eyes of competitors; on the other, the abundant supply of hydroelectric power provided him with all the electricity he needed. The new Swarovski crystals, known at that time by the name “Pierres Taillées du Tyrol”, changed the industry for good. Such brilliance, translucency and purity had never been seen before. Swarovski was soon working closely with big names of the Parisian fashion scene such as Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, who enjoyed frequent visits to the small Austrian company. Thus began a long history of intensive creative collaboration with the fashion world which continues to this day.
Swarovski and the art of crystal
Led by a spirit of innovation and the aspiration to achieve perfection, Swarovski decided in 1989 to create its own product line. With their brilliance and precision, the products inspire designers of everything from fashion to jewellery and interiors. The sparkling crystals, which come in every colour, are also used in architecture and lighting design. Swarovski crystals are now considered indispensable elements in the creations of international designers.
Vision for the future
The founder, Daniel Swarovski, constantly aspired to improve the quality of his products. It is with this imperative in view that the vision and long-term prospects for the Crystal division lie in a further expansion of global market leadership in the manufacture of precision-cut crystals and other finished products, coupled with reinforcement of its already strong position in the jewellery industry.