Swarovski crystals are known for their beautiful refracting properties, their durability, as well as their affordability when compared to “real” diamonds in the jewellery market. But are Swarovski crystals valuable? Recent changes made to Swarovski’s wholesale policies - as well as the innate value of certain pieces - would say so.
So, how much are Swarovski crystals worth? In the following guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the most famous, expensive and valuable Swarovski items in the brand’s history, as well as give you a brief overview of how to determine the worth of a Swarovski piece. Let’s take a look!
Just like any collector’s item, rarity = value. Swarovski is known for continuously innovating and introducing new designs, colours, and cuts to their collections, creating an ever-evolving array of options for collectors and enthusiasts. This also means that certain designs and collections - especially those which are limited editions or are retired - are even more coveted by collectors as their rarity increases.
The brand also has a habit of introducing Swarovski products that are only available in certain countries, which adds to the potential resale value.
The condition of a Swarovski crystal plays a significant role in determining its value, as a piece in pristine condition - without any chips, scratches, or missing elements - will undoubtedly fetch a higher price. Collectors are always on the lookout for pieces that have been well-cared for and maintained, ensuring that they can be displayed and enjoyed in all their brilliant splendour.
Box and packaging
Ensuring that a piece comes in its original packaging is another crucial factor that contributes to the value of a Swarovski crystal; having the original box (along with any accompanying documents) not only helps protect the piece from damage, but it also provides a sense of authenticity.
Certification is an essential aspect that adds to the value of a Swarovski crystal, as it provides a guarantee of the piece's authenticity, and a certificate from Swarovski or a reputable appraiser can offer peace of mind to collectors who want to ensure that their investment is genuine and of the highest quality. This documentation can also be helpful in cases where the piece is being resold, as potential buyers will be more confident in their purchase, knowing that the crystal is indeed an authentic Swarovski product.
The iconic Swarovski logo
Last but not least, the Swarovski logo is another value-adding factor that can’t be overlooked when it comes to determining the value of a Swarovski product. The Swarovski logo, which has undergone several iterations over the years, is often subtly etched or engraved onto the crystal pieces, serving as a hallmark of the crystal's authenticity, as well as the company's commitment to exceptional craftsmanship, innovation, and artistic vision.
In 2020, Swarovski announced a couple of changes that they’d be adopting from 2021 onwards, and one of these new policies included imposing a limit on the brand’s selling of loose crystals and rhinestones to wholesalers. What this meant, in short, was that smaller businesses that used to buy Swarovski crystals in big quantities at lower prices (called "wholesale") wouldn’t be able to do that anymore, resulting in fewer Swarovski items made by independent sellers.
However, the brand did implement a partnership program called the “Swarovski Authorised Sellers” program, whereby authorised wholesalers (such as Bluestreak Crystals) would still be able to re-sell authentic Swarovski crystals to manufacturers and small businesses. However, the new policy changes also included a reshaping of the buying conditions: in order to buy Swarovski crystals from an authorised partner, the crystals would need to be used on a physical product manufactured for commercial purposes.
For example, a manicurist wouldn’t be able to bulk order Swarovski crystals with the aim of using them to decorate a client’s nails. However, they would be able to buy them if they planned on using the crystals to decorate sellable, press-on nails.
Overall, the brand’s new policy changes mean that independent Swarovski items are rarer, and the brand’s pivot to branded accessories and jewellery means there’s a whole lot more Swarovski products for collectors to scoop up!
Most expensive Swarovski items in the world
While we’re here, why not take a look at some of the most valuable and expensive Swarovski items in the world? While we can’t promise that your Swarovski pieces will go for even half as much, here are some of the most famous and notable Swarovski moments at auction:
Michael Jackson's Swarovski crystal glove
One of the most famous Swarovski items sold at auction is Michael Jackson's iconic Swarovski crystal glove. Worn by the King of Pop during his legendary performances, this single white glove is adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals, making it a symbol of his signature style. The glove was auctioned off in 2009 and fetched an astounding $420,000.
Marilyn Monroe's “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress
Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress is another iconic Swarovski item that has been sold at auction. The dress, designed by Jean Louis, features over 2,500 hand-sewn Swarovski crystals and was worn by Monroe during her sultry serenade to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. In 2016, the dress was auctioned for a staggering $4.8 million, making it one of the most expensive dresses ever sold.
Rihanna's Swarovski Crystal Dress
The Swarovski crystal dress worn by Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards is another famous item that has now been auctioned, and which cemented a place for Rihanna in the fashion world as an innovator and trend-setter. Designed by Adam Selman, the dress is adorned with more than 230,000 Swarovski crystals, and Rihanna paired it with a Swarovski-embellished head cap and matching gloves. While the exact sale price at auction is not publicly known, the dress garnered immense attention due to its sheer beauty and unique design.
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