Like a moth to the flame, I have always been drawn to everything brilliant and dazzling. It was twelve years ago, while I was pregnant with my son, when I passed by a display counter of Swarovski in one of the malls. I remember seeing small crystal figurines that radiated small flecks of color as they stood under mini spotlights in the glass enclosed space. “How pretty,” I said to myself. Then I tried on the different accessories until I finally made my first purchase – a pair of pink heart shaped earrings which were as big as twenty-five centavo coins. Since then, I have been a fan of the dazzling crystals of Swarovski and have collected quite a few over the years.
Born from Brilliance
It was Daniel Swarovski who first thought of cutting the crystals the way diamonds are cut. Born in 1862 in Northern Bohemia which was then the center of crystal and costume jewelry, Daniel honed his craft in bringing out the brilliance of the sparkling stones. He later moved to Austria and furthered his business there.
In the 2Oth Century, Swarovski crystals were being used by fashion houses all over Europe including Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior. Today, the fourth and fifth generations of the Swarovski family are still very much in control of their crystal empire.
My Mom always told me that there are three things that I must do as a woman : Get educated, be financially independent and buy my own jewelry. I’ve taken these three things to heart and proud to have accomplished them all. Lately , however, I’ve been buying/investing in more accessories . I find that I’m able to use them more frequently and since their prices don’t run into the hundreds of thousands like diamonds do, I’m able to afford them , resell them and purchase more that suit my fancy.
Cuffs have always been my favorite thing to wear. Just look at these dazzlers from Swaroski!
The BQP’s Swarovski Collection
Here are some pieces I bought at the Novotel mall during my last trip to Hong Kong. Lucky that there was a sale and luckier to get my hands on these at good discounts.
Proper care must be followed to make these beauties last. Don’t spray perfume on it. Best to get dressed, put on your favorite scent and wear your Swarovski last. The brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection is now available.
With a pocketful of glitter,