It’s Swarovski’s world, and we’re all just living in it. Named after Czech glassmaker Daniel Swarovski — who in 1892 invented a glass-cutting machine that revolutionized the crystal-making industry — this Austrian company develops crystals used in every imaginable setting: precision binoculars, grinding tools, road reflectors, the chandeliers at the Palace of Versailles, clothing, interior fittings, Philips headphones and USB memory drives, art exhibitions, even crystal-based theme parks (Swarovski’s own Crystal Worlds facility in Wattens, Austria). Yet most people recognize Swarovski as the world’s leading designer of high-end crystal jewelry and decorative figurines. Launched in 1976, the label’s diverse collectibles line includes flowers, Christmas symbols, wildlife, the Chinese zodiac, and many other designs rendered in silver or lead crystal and finished off with colored accents. Through collaborations with household names such as Hello Kitty and Disney, Swarovski figurines have remained refreshing and on-trend. Picture frames, watches, eyeglasses, and beautifully packaged fragrances are some of Swarovski’s various other glittering products, which are so beloved that the company has created a special club for collectors: the hundreds-of-thousands-strong Crystal Society.
Few things say "glam" like the glitz and glimmer of Swarovski crystals. These sparklers come in eclectic styles, from pendant chains and rings of organic-looking stones to whimsical figurines like butterflies, flowers, and bears. Sure to be snatched up in seconds is the bib necklace, comprised of rainbow-hued chandelier crystals and a delicate ring with dangling, teardrop-shaped stones.
This beautiful collection of home must-haves includes everything but the kitchen sink. Take your choice of linens from Couleur Nature and voluptuous goblets from Nambé, or scoop up Swarovski’s decorative crystal objects along with Aviva Stanoff’s jewel-encrusted cushions. There’s even furniture and lighting by Ligne Roset.
Sure, the socks your aunt gave you are nice, and that movie from your brother looks good. But give yourself the presents you were itching for with this edited collection of kitchenware, textiles, and decor. Choose from options like Assouline’s fashion and art book sets, Mauviel’s unparalleled copper pans, Sonoro’s Cubo CD/FM clock radio, and Molteni Home’s sumptuous wool throws.
This year, give the happy couple wedding gifts they actually want. Start with Laguiole en Aubrac’s exquisite flatware, with its juniper-wood handles and hand-decorated knives, each of which bears its cutler’s mark on the blade’s hilt. Or opt for a set of Murano glass champagne flutes from Nason Moretti, available in a green as deep and clear as the sea. Or how about some hip figurines? Royal Copenhagen does both Siberian huskies and Siamese cats in finely detailed porcelain, while Swarovski brings on the bling with faceted crystal butterflies and flowers.