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Vintage & Discontinued
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DEFINITIVE DOCUMENT. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HERE IS NOT GUARANTEED ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, NOR HAS IT BEEN ENDORSED OR AUTHORISED BY SWAROVSKI. IT IS PROVIDED IN GOOD FAITH TO ATTEMPT TO CLARIFY AND GAIN SOME INSIGHT AS TO THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE EXTENSIVE RANGE OF SWAROVSKI COMPONENTS (MAINLY 'BEADS').
Originally Swarovski components were designated using a 2 and 3 digit 'serial' number. This was changed in 1962, when Swarovski switched to a 4-digit 'Article' numbering system. Thus, the older 2 or 3-digit numbers help us to date these components to pre-1963, making them definitely at least 45 years old and hence often termed "Vintage" components.
The "Aurora Borealis" (AB) effect was developed by Swarovski and introduced in 1956.
Various configurations of packaging exist. The time line is unclear, and there definitely appears to be some overlap. The following may be of some help.
There exists some very old packaging (starting with the 2 number serial numbers and some 3 number serial numbers), which is only labelled with D S W and a diamond-facet cut line drawing, as illustrated below.
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There is also some packaging with K. S. & Co. and the Edelweiss logo (again with the 2 or 3 digit serial numbers – no packages with 4 digit serial numbers seem to exist), as illustrated below.
However, there is some packaging with D. S. & Co. and the Edelweiss logo (with 2, 3 and 4 digit serial numbers), as illustrated below.
A major change occurred when the traditional and long standing D. S. & Co. Eidelweiss Logo was replaced by the Swarovski Swan Logo for much of the range (this occurred in 1989). Crystal Components (beads etc.) were then packaged in the new Swarovski Components packaging with the diamond logo, as illustrated below. Until this point the packages were not sealed.
In 2002 (?) this was followed by the "Crystallised with Swarovski" silver packaging, as illustrated below. With this change all the packages were sealed.
Some other older packaging also exists for some components without the various logos and in plain folded packaging or boxes, labelled SWAROVSKI, Made in Austria and with the Numbers, Size, Package Quantity, Item Colour, as illustrated below. These ARE genuine Swarovski issue items.
It is very difficult to determine exactly when a specific component, size and / or colour was discontinued / deleted from the Swarovski range. Suffice to say, all of these components are in limited supply, some obviously rarer than others. Some still exist in the current Swarovski range, usually in limited sizes and colours, often only in crystal and crystal AB finish.
This lovely little pack of very rare 41s. We know that by 1963 they were already re-numbered to 5104, but this pack has none of the eidelweiss insignia that usually accompanies early Swaro soft-packs. I have these in Chrysolite AB and Aquamarine AB and the packs are the same.
Resembles the last example above - which is a pack of rhinestones.
a rare combo back of Planet beads ... two colors and two sizes in one pack!
A rare combo pack of pendants
6440: Indian head pendants
6860: Cross pendants
This is a salesman's sampler of 3700/3701 beads
An Aug 1966 Sales Sampler of 5080 partially-drilled rounds
A Feb 1968 Sales Sampler of Blue Caviar stones