A History of Architecture and Special Projects

1966

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

For the first time ever, Swarovski starts producing crystal components for chandeliers and lighting sources, laying the foundation to what would later become a business unit represented in the grandest houses of the world. Among the first projects is New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

1980

SWAROVSKI AND THE SUN KING

The established reputation for crystal cutting perfection makes Swarovski the one and only expert suitable for the task of refurbishing the magnificent chandeliers within the Palace of Versailles, restoring the halls of the Sun King back to their baroque splendor.

1995

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A GIANT

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Swarovski decides to dedicate a very special place to the countless crystal enthusiasts – a place where the magic of crystal would be alive. Today, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds have become one of the top must-sees of Austria.

1999

MARKING THE BEST OF THE BEST

For true crystal fans there is only one brand. In order to give them the peace of mind of having made the right choice, Swarovski introduces its one-of-a-kind, laser-engraved Quality Seal into its lighting components.

2002

LIGHTING MADE BY SWAROVSKI

From a messenger of light to a source of light: “Swarovski Crystal Home” and the “Swarovski Crystal Palace” design initiative hit the market with lighting objects that are genuinely Swarovski, created in collaboration with some of the most brilliant minds in contemporary design.

2004

WISH UPON A STAR

Crowning one of the most distinctive holiday symbols in America, Swarovski dedicates a three-meter star for the Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center – the beginning of a beloved, annual tradition.

2007

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…

For the first time, Swarovski brings sparkle to the most prestigious movie event in the world: The crystalline curtain at the Oscars made a spectacular visual impact and became an Oscar’s tradition in the years that followed.

2013

BACK TO VERSAILLES – FOR GOOD

Maintaining the close connection between Swarovski and culture, the Bouroullec brothers adorn the Palace of Versailles with its first ever permanent modern work of art in the form of the “Gabriel” chandelier.

2015

SWAROVSKI CELEBRATES 120 YEARS

To mark the occasion, Swarovski Crystal Worlds was given its biggest revamp since it opened in 1995, and the brand presented its history in a spectacular illustrated volume, published in New York by Rizzoli.

2016

SWAROVSKI GLACIARIUM COLLECTION DESIGNED BY FREDRIKSON STALLARD

Swarovski collaborated with designers Fredrikson Stallard to create custom crystal chandelier components and chandeliers for the Glaciarium Collection