Meet a Swarovski Expert and Learn about Swarovski Bears
Author: teddygirl | Thursday November 03, 2011
Interview #23 for Bear Buzz.
Meet our Current Interviewee: Angie of Crystal Exchange America, Kristall Buzz Blog, and Warner's Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski . We hope you enjoy our interviews with those in the bear world.
Instead of our typical interview, Angie wrote this article for our readers to learn about Swarovski Bears.
Swarovski Crystal Bears
Swarovski is a world famous crystal brand, actively involved in the fashion industry, jewelry, crystal figurines, and in optics (binoculars and hunting scopes). Swarovski first created figurines in the late 1970’s, and by the 1980’s has a pretty significant line. Because some of the country divisions were more independent than now, some of the crystal figurines were available only on a regional basis. For this reason, some of the very largest and very smallest crystal teddy bears were available for purchase in the USA only.
The Swarovski Giant Bear, known as article 7637112000, was available from 1983 through 1988 when the company retired it. By crystal figurine standards, this is a very large piece, measuring 4.5” tall. While it originally retailed for $190 during that time, it presently trades at prices of $800 - $1700 on the secondary market. As all crystal figurines are hand assembled by the crystal brand, differences have been noted in the direction of the bear’s tilted head.
The Swarovski King Bear, known as article 7637092000, was available from 1983 through 1987 when the company retired it. This is another very large piece, measuring 3.75” tall. While it originally retailed for $100 during that time, it presently trades at prices of $900 - $1500 on the secondary market. Just like the Swarovski Giant Bear, differences have been noted in the direction of the bear’s tilted head.
The Swarovski Mini Bear, known as article 7670032000, was available from 1985 through 1988 when the company retired it. This is much smaller piece, measuring just 1.25” tall. While it originally retailed for $25 during that time, it presently trades at prices of $100 - $200 on the secondary market.
The Swarovski artist credited with design of these three Swarovski Crystal Bear figurines is Max Schreck. There is not much information publicly available for this designer. Max Schreck was one of the very first designers on the team when Swarovski officially entered into the business of producing crystal figurines. Max Schreck was credited for over 75 crystal figurine designs for animals, birds, candleholders, and paperweights. However, his most well known design is that of the Swarovski Crystal Society Annual Edition Lovebirds in 1987. Max Schreck passed away 10 years later, in 1997.
If collecting Swarovski Crystal Bears, the most important factor in making a purchase is ensuring that the figurine is in MINT condition. For crystal figurines, this means that there are no nicks, chips, scratches, damage, or obvious repair or restoration work on the figurine. Often times, the larger bears will have their feet scratched on the underside from not being careful setting them in display cabinets. Some Swarovski collectors require original boxes complete with manufacturer identification sticker and generic certificates to ensure authenticity. If saving money on a Swarovski bear purchase is important, figurines with even minor damage, not obviously visible for display can generally be purchased for about 1/3 the cost of a MINT one.
Teddy Bear collectors can find the three bears from this article at Crystal Exchange America. Swarovski Giant Bear , Swarovski King Bear, and Swarovski Mini Bear are all in the “Animals” category at www.CrystalExchange.com . Pictures of the Swarovski Bears are used with permission of Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski, located at www.WBRB.com .
Crystal Exchange America, a secondary market broker of retired Swarovski figurines
Crystal Exchange America
Kristall Buzz, a blog on Swarovski figurines and Swarovsk news, by Crystal Exchange America
Warner's Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski, insurance reference guides for Swarovski crystal
Warner's Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski
Warner's Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski Online, online version of information of the printed books
Warner's Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski Online
The Crystal Wizard, professional repair and restoration of Swarovski crystal figurines
The Crystal Wizard
RetiredSwarovski.com, Swarovski crystal resource to explore discontinued crystal figurines, retirements, and ornaments