Klas squared designs have been sprinkled with the shine and sparkle of Swarovski elements since our inception. The variety of shape, style, and texture of Swarovski crystals have lended inspiration and dimension to our pieces over the last twelve years, and allowed us to incorporate pearls into our designs (did you know that there is a Swarovski crystal at the centre of every Swarovski pearl?). Every season we strive to introduce a new piece that demonstrates both the creativity and ingenuity of Swarovski as well as the style and sophistication of our brand.
Most recently, our attention was drawn to a piece from the Swarovski Designer Edition created by Iris Van Herpen. Known for her experimentation with different materials and technology, including 3D printing, Van Herpen has come to be regarded as fashion’s most talented and forward-thinking. What we’ve named the Geode Pendant, was inspired to look like a crystal becoming; as if the crystal is growing inward to fill the void at its core. Up to 500 hand-embedded double cones maximize light refraction at the crystals centre. Van Herpen’s cutting edge style can be seen throughout her of-the-moment designs as she continues to be a source of inspiration for creators everywhere. The couturier’s designs are currently being exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum until October 8th.
And while we wait in anticipation of what Swarovski will do next, we thought it would be fun to share more details about the world’s largest crystal manufacturer:
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. They’ve also become popular design elements in the spectacular costumes and wings created for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
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.
What is your favourite Swarovski piece? Let us know in the comments below!