Swarovski products have been an integral part of Klas squared designs since our inception in 2006. Many of our clients are surprised to find out that the crystals and pearls in our earrings, bracelets and necklaces are in fact from the same Austrian crystal giant that boasts it’s own jewelry designs, figurines and chandeliers. So, after our designer’s trip to headquarters last year, we thought it would be fun to share more unknown facts about Swarovski that may surprise you!
The 122 year old crystal manufacturing giant is still family owned and located in its original location of Wattens, Austria in the heart of the Alps.
Swarovski not only designs and manufactures an enormous number of fashion related products, they are the market leader in precision optical instruments like binoculars, rifle scopes and telescopes in their Swarovski Optik division.
The brilliant sparkle and shine of Swarovski crystals has been used for decades in costuming on set and on stage to represent precious jewels and diamonds. From Marilyn Monroe’s sparkling diamond earrings in Some Like it Hot to Sarah Jessica Parker’s bejewelled dress in Sex in the City, you’ll find Swarovski crystals have adorned just about everyone who’s anyone in Hollywood.
The technology and precision of Swarovski made it a natural fit for lighting fixtures and led to the creation of the Strass label which can be seen in the chandeliers at Palace of Versailles and the prestigious light fittings at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
When the short hairstyles of the 20’s could not accommodate decorative combs, Swarovski developed the first crystal embellished band of material called the “patent band” (as it was a registered patent) which became a popular addition to the flapper ensemble. This was the first in a long line of fashion trend-driven products that continues to evolve today.
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