A rare Swarovski design that is no longer produced in the colour way and size - meet the impressive crystal Marguerite daisy! Actually clear crystal, it has an aura borealis finish that (along with the hand cut faceting) throws different colours and sparkle off in all directions. These crystals are in excellent condition, the close ups may show what looks like imperfections, but are merely tiny dust particles or sun specks.
Many people are familiar with the Swarovski name; walk into any modern bead store and there will likely be a large selection of colours and sizes available. But I like to seek out the unusual; different shapes, discontinued colours - pieces you can’t find in modern bead stores.
I deal with a jewelry manufacturer that used to create costume jewelry from about the 1930s up to the 70s. Many of their Swarovski beads were made either exclusively for them or for other major manufacturers which were then acquired at auction. In the 50’s the competition amongst the costume jewelry manufacturers of the day was intense. Often they would commission Swarovski to produce special color combinations for them. Each respective factory had their own combinations.
In fact, the combinations were a closely guarded secret lest some competitor copy the combinations. Some of these companies included Coro, Napier, Trifari, Lissner, and Capri.
In 1972, my supplier bought a truckload of odd Swarovski crystals at auction from popular costume jewelry maker Albert Weiss Company when they closed their doors. You would be hard pressed to find these crystals anywhere else as no one knows exactly which colors were combined with which finishes to produce the end result.
Sometimes the current Swarovski company will re-issue a popular colour from the past, however these are made with modern techniques and can never fully recapture the unique processes and time consuming faceting used in the past.
These actual crystals measure an impressive 15mm! Vintage crystals of this size are getting so hard to find in such excellent shape. I've hand wire-wrapped them onto high quality Niobium ear wires, which are completely hypo-allergenic.
Modern Swarovski Marguerite daisy crystals have a hole drilled in the centre of the bead, not across the top as these ones do. Truly rare. These crystals are thick too - about 3-4mm thick on the edges and the centre of the flowers come to a raised point. They're like gorgeous chunks of ice.
Last photo shows an example pair (not included) with the actual packaging your earrings will arrive in. Secure box, hang tag, and paper insert describing the history of these rare beauties.