(Continued from About Swarovski
) In 1880, at the age of 18, Swarovski traveled to Paris to introduce his product and new ideas. In Paris and other fashion-forward cities, diamonds were growing in popularity, and the possibility of a more economical diamond-cut crystal appealed to the masses. He recognized the potential for his invention and began to develop a brilliant cut crystal.
In 1883, Swarovski visited the International Electric Exhibition in Vienna, where he saw machines invented by Edison and others. Recognizing the significance of the new technology for his own industry, Swarovski set out to develop an electric crystal cutting machine. In 1892, he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of lead crystal glass jewelry in Prague.
In 1895, Swarovski, financier Armand Kosman and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski Company, originally known as A. Kosman, Daniel Swarovski & Co. The company established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, Austria, to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes which Daniel Swarovski had patented.
Above image is of the Swarovski factory in Austria. The factory has since been rebuilt on a new site and the famous Swarovski Crystal Worlds now sits on this location.
Through the years, Swarovski has grown into an international company with several subsidiaries. Swarovski is renowned worldwide for manufacturing high-quality crystal products
in a variety of forms, sizes and shapes. The success of the company today is a reflection of its founding principles: excellent business practice and product quality, constant innovation and a desire to create products of great beauty. This serves as a testament to Swarovski's dedication to creating high-quality products that could not be matched.- Information Source: Swarovski