Just how old are those “Vintage Swarovski Crystals”?
How can I tell how old vintage Swarovski Crystals are? Let’s take the mystery out of it. . . .shall we? I have asked this same question myself during my quest for vintage Swarovski crystals. With the help of several people that have been in the jewelry business long before I started, I have compiled this information to share. The creation of the glamorous Aurora Borealis crystal effect was invented in 1956 in cooperation with Christian Dior. This is a very useful fact when looking at crystals that have the popular AB finish. With this simple fact you will know that all crystals that have the AB finish cannot be any older than 1956. The Swarovski manufacturer packaging really helps to date these beauties as well so we have taken packages out of our stock to show you what we have learned.
Here are some other useful Swarovski Tags and Trademarks that may help identify Swarovski crystal beads and crystals:
We have also found tags on packaging of pre strung Swarovski Beads that were prestrung to accommodate certain designer’s requirements. Here is an example: