If you love a bit of sparkle, nobody does eye-catching shimmer quite like Austrian jewellers Swarovski. We love their combination of classic glamour and contemporary style, and there are simply so many stunning collections to choose from.
Swarovski: a story of glamour and sparkle
The crystal jewellery and premier accessories company has been adding a splash of sparkle to our outfits since the 1890s. Their eye-catching pieces and designs light up everything from red carpets to the high street, loved by A-listers, Hollywood costume departments and, well, all of us. If you’re present shopping, Swarovski’s universal appeal makes them an excellent choice.
Founder Daniel Swarovski had the aim to create “a diamond for everyone”. He invented an electric machine that enabled crystal to be cut intricately, resembling the fine cuts of diamonds. And that’s what their jewellery does to this day – it brings accessible elegance to everyone who loves to sparkle.
The wide-ranging collections cover everything from special-occasion jewellery to mobile phone cases. Their designs mix up colours and textures, such as combining tiny twinkling crystals with glossy rhodium plate or rose gold backgrounds. The jewellery and accessories ranges include timeless classics, understated contemporary pieces, and fun-filled character designs.
The jewellers have become known for their show-stopping celeb creations, and their retail range also has some stunning statement pieces that are sure to make your outfit stand out. However, nobody does subtle like Swarovski either: have a look at their single crystal drop pendants or little stud earrings for a discreet bit of dazzle.
Fabulous collections of crystal jewellery and accessories
What jewellery are you looking for? Swarovski are at their best creating beautiful pieces that will bring the final finishing flourish to your party dress. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t produce everyday elegance – a pair of their hoop earrings will really lift your business outfit. Items such as their tennis bracelets and simple pendants are perfect for a dash of daytime sophistication.
When it comes occasion jewellery, this is the place to look. There are simply so many styles to choose from. For all-out glamour, try an earring and necklace set featuring clusters of crystals. These provide the most splendid sparkle, and look especially magical under candlelight. Stick and drop earrings look graceful worn with swept-up or short hairstyles. Pendant necklaces are perfect with either plunging V-necks or worn over high-neck tops.
They take inspiration from all sorts of sources. Their Egyptian and Tarot designs are real conversation pieces. For tongue-in-cheek fun, have a look at their Minnie Mouse crystal jewellery – a wonderful combination of playfulness and glamour. Nature-inspired designs include feathers, leaves and flowers, which all feature in recent collections.
If you want to bring even more bling into your life, we love their range of crystal accessories. Who says that items like mobile phone cases and key rings have to be purely practical? Certainly not us. These quirky and lively accessories make perfect presents – or fabulous treats for yourself…
Dazzling Swarovski crystals come in all colours
If we're asked to think of Swarovski jewellery, most of us picture sparkling, clear crystals in coordinating silver-coloured settings. However, their crystals come in a spectrum of shades, from delicate pinks to stand-out scarlet. Dark crystals bring a touch of drama to an outfit, as do the vibrant emerald green and blue shades.
Colours are combined to create delicate, mosaic-like designs. A beautiful example of this is the company’s iconic swan logo, which stars in many of their pendants, pairs of earrings and rings. Art Deco-inspired lines combine several colours of crystal, and of course, charm bracelets feature a gorgeous mix of shades.
The settings can make as much of an impact as the crystals themselves. We love the focus on rich rose gold plate, which provides a warm contrast to the cooler-coloured crystals. Rhodium plate gives an understated and contemporary effect, while classic gold or silver plate achieve timeless appeal. If daytime elegance is the desired look, try a necklace or bracelet with a colourful leather-style thong.
Mixing crystals with a metal in a complementary shade, such as the Mayfly range, gives the jewellery a light-catching shine. The designers vary the amount of crystals in a piece to create dramatically different effects. A single, square-cut crystal creates a vintage look – think floral prints and tea in china cups on the lawn. Clusters of small crystals are the best if you want to maximise the sparkle for evening glitz.
Beautiful crystalline timepieces to watch out for
Swarovski is also famous for its watches. Choose from large, statement styles or elegant dress watches, all of which have the signature crystals on their dials. Choose rose gold plate and stainless steel for a stylish, contemporary finish, or go for leather straps and Roman numerals if you like a more traditional watch.
If you want a watch that simply tells the time, there are understated designs with uncluttered white dials and minimal markers. These modern and elegant pieces have a subtle sparkle that is absolutely beautiful. Or, if you like a more high-tech approach, the chronographs feature additional sub-dials, and come in a choice of bold colours.
These timepieces are more than simply beautiful jewellery. Swiss-made movements make sure that the watches keep impeccable time. Features including water resistance, stainless steel cases and tough mineral glass give the watches a level of practical wearability as well as exquisite design.
The watch bracelet also has an impact on the design and, as ever, Swarovski offers you plenty of choice. There are evening-style bracelets in metal-effect finishes, or classic link styles. Leather straps are always popular, and come in a choice of colours and textures. Complement the crystals on the dial with a glittery rock bangle – a real statement timepiece.