Monday, June 2, 2014

Swarovski Crystals: Luxury in Any Form

Many people love Swarovski crystals so much, they want to see them not just in jewelry but in a myriad other things. Throughout modern history, the world has used millions of these manmade gems to add bling and create an illusion of luxury and elegance. Below are some of the extravagant large-scale uses of Swarovski crystals that give a whole new meaning to the word “fancy”.

The Oscars
The Oscars has been incorporating Swarovski crystals in their stage sets since 2007, starting with the 50,000 pieces used in creating a 34-foot crystal curtain, which was also seen in the movie, “Dreamgirls”. Overall, the crystals weighed around a ton. To date, the Oscars have used over 1.5 million crystals for stage and costume purposes.

The rich and famous want luxury even in their bathtubs. The Crystal Bateau tub made by British bath manufacturer Catchpole & Rye, and sold at Harrods department store in London for  around $200,000, was the product of over 200 man-hours spent on installing around 22,000 Swarovski crystals in four different sizes, covering the tub’s surface. 


In 2012, British architect Asif Khan, in association with Swarovski, created a pavilion in Miami using 1.3 million Swarovski crystals. Khan's aim is to artificially recreate a parhelion, popularly known as the Sun dog, a natural phenomenon where a halo is created on both sides of the sun with the help of ice crystals in the air.  

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