Sunday, March 4, 2012

All That Glitters ...

It's Happy Hour
- my Friday treat that celebrates a wonderful Swiss retailer or store.  It's in  honour of that feeling you get when you have just discovered the perfect item you just have to have or that perfect store that seems to have opened its doors with you in mind. That moment when your more 'swan' than ugly duckling - couldn't resist.

And OK, so it's not Friday but it was on Friday that I was reminded of one of my regular haunts - window shopping at the Swarovski store at Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich City Centre.   I lust Swarovski.

The Swarovski Staircase
 on-board  MSC Splendid
On my recent travels across the Med I was fortunate enough to tread the steps of a magnificent Swarovski staircase, all glittering and sparkling like the sea we were sailing on.  It was admittedly a little OTT but felt very glamorous on the setting of  a ship, nevertheless.

'Dave' the Angel Mouse
(not his official name ;-))
What I love about Swarovski is of course the sparkle but just as much as I love their styling; specifically in their jewellery lines.  There was also last year's Angel Mouse, affectionately christened 'Dave' when I gave him as a gift.

 Well they've only gone and done it again this season.  A stunning range of pieces that are fashion led yet are jewellery box keepers, even heirlooms.

My current personal favourite is this year's 'Ready' Bangle retailing at CHF 66.  In an ideal world I'd like to stack them as shown on the website but I suspect Credit Suisse would prefer I exercised a little restraint, so I am likely to select only one.

Another favourite is the 'Nuts' range, simple and in a choice of colours (note to Swarovski:  please don't discontinue this in gold plate).

This season there's also a fabulous range of pastels to mirror this years on trend  Candied Pastels palette, like the Reverie range shown in the picture.  The necklace comes in Rose, Aquamarine and Violet shades.    Delicious.

Reverie Light Rose Heart PendantReverie Aquamarine Heart Pendant

So something for all colouring & style personalities,  I am particularly pleased to see gold plate options continuing throughout their ranges, for all of us with 'warm' in our colouring and as it's the metallic of the year.  The Zurich Bahnhofstrasse store also offers some wonderfully contemporary pieces designed in collaboration with rising & established designers. 

What You Might Like To Know About Swarovski - thanks to the lovely people of Wikipedia

Daniel Swarovski (October 24, 1862 – January 23, 1956), formerly Daniel Swartz, was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic).  His father was a glass cutter who owned a small glass factory. It was there that a young Swarovski served an apprenticeship, becoming skilled in the art of glass-cutting. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.
In 1895, Swarovski financier Armand Kosmann and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company, originally known as A. Kosmann, Daniel Swartz & Co., which was later shortened to K.S. & Co.  ]The company established a crystal cutting factory in WattensTyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski patented.  Interestingly for us Swiss living ladies is that original Swarovski logo was an edelweiss flower, eventually replaced with the current swan logo as recently as 1988.

Yours with Love, Swans & Swarovski Sparkle x
Lady Mirror Ball

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