We’re back with part 2 of our Swarovski spring/summer collection reveal, following on the heels of our preview of the brand-new colors and effects the Austrian crystal makers have just announced. For its upcoming collection of crystal styles and shapes, Swarovski has drawn inspiration from nature, evoking the elements and wildlife in a series of exciting new beads, pendants and flat backs that we think you’ll love.
For its recent fall/winter collection, Swarovski joined forces with fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. For this new nature-themed launch, Swarovski once again enlisted a big-name collaborator: environmentalist and filmmaker Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Céline Cousteau created a series of crystal designs inspired by marine life and the organic shapes found in the deep sea. First in her collection, shown above, is the Sea Snail Pendant. This pretty, partially-frosted nautilus shell shape comes in 14mm and 28mm sizes, in soothing oceanic hues such as Crystal Bermuda Blue, Crystal Blue Shade and Crystal Golden Shadow. Naturally, we think these pendants would make gorgeous focal pieces for summery, beach-ready jewelry.
Next is Cousteau’s Radiolarian Pendant, a striking crystal representation of a microscopic organism found throughout the ocean. At 34mm, this substantial pendant evokes the radiolarian’s intricate mineral skeleton with a sprinkling of artfully placed cut-outs. According to Swarovski, “With its dynamic interplay of shiny and partially-frosted facets, this design highlights how Mother Nature is a perfectionist in even her tiniest creations.”
Moving from sea life to the element of water, Swarovski’s next new offering is the Raindrop Pendant. This pendant stands out among other drop shapes because of its “beautifully elongated silhouette and slim geometry that resembles a raindrop falling from the sky,” Swarovski says. These pendants come in three sizes — 17.5mm, 23mm, and 33mm — with either a gold-plated or rhodium-plated cap for a polished, professional touch. Colors include Blush Rose, Tanzanite, Crystal Golden Shadow and Crystal Silver Night.
Swarovski is also expanding its collection of pavé pendants with two new beautiful styles. The Tiger Pavé Pendant represents resilience, power and strength, according to Swarovski, with sparkling pavé crystals set among carefully sculpted metal surfaces. Available in 16mm and 22mm sizes, this fierce pendant comes in a gold-plated, rhodium-plated or gunmetal finish.
Known as a symbol of change, self-discovery and inner growth, the dragonfly is commemorated in style with the Dragonfly Pavé Pendant. This delicate piece comes in 18mm or 30mm sizes, with monochromatic or multi-colored options.
Celebrated in Ancient Egypt as a symbol of the life cycle, the scarab is rendered in lifelike detail in the finely-cut crystal Scarab Bead. This petite, 12mm bead comes in a range of stunning colors, including its most natural fit — the Gaultier-designed Crystal Scarabaeus Green, introduced with Swarovski’s winter collection and created to evoke the scarab’s flashy shimmer.
The Panther Bead, another new bead offering, presents a geometric, angular take on this sleek feline predator. The panther “symbolizes night and a dark moon, strength and gracefulness, and mirrors the current rise of the powerful female,” Swarovski states. Available in 14mm or 19mm, string this edgy bead over a chain tassel for a high-impact focal.
As part of Swarovski’s “Balance of Nature” theme, the brand is releasing a new series of BeCharmed large-hole pavé beads modeled after the elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire. These BeCharmed Pavé Elements Beads feature a designer palette of crystal colors that blend together to stunning effect. Measuring 14.5mm, the beads will make a gorgeous addition to European-style charm jewelry, or strung as a focal on thick cord or chain.
Continuing this season’s wildlife motif, Swarovski has also created the new BeCharmed Pavé Leopard Bead and BeCharmed Pavé Zebra Bead. At 10mm each, these animal print beads are a great accent to show off your wild side.
Rounding out Swarovski’s BeCharmed additions are the new BeCharmed Heart Bead and the BeCharmed Edelweiss Bead. We loved the edelweiss shape when Swarovski introduced it in last year’s fall/winter pre-season launch for the brand’s 120th anniversary. The edelweiss commemorates Swarovski’s first company logo, the starburst-shaped flower that grows in the Alps, but also looks like a snowflake — so its seasonal crossover potential is huge! Both the Edelweiss Bead and the sweet Heart Bead are 14mm, perfect for European-style charm jewelry.
Two new styles of crystal flat backs come with this new release — the first one, shown above, being the Framed Flat Back. We love this new rhinestone style! The metal “frame,” available in gold and silver finishes, adds an extra professional cachet to the classic rhinestone look. Also debuting with this launch is the Concise Flat Back, a rhinestone with a lower, flatter profile. We can’t wait to explore the design possibilities with these stones.
Last but not least is Swarovski’s new pearl finish, Crystal Pearlescent White Pearl. We’re taken with this shimmery, iridescent finish, akin to the soft glow of a soap bubble. Crystal Pearlescent White Pearl comes in multiple sizes of round pearls and coin pearls, along with a 14mm BeCharmed pearl bead.
Is your head spinning? You’ll have a few days to get your wish list ready, because all of these goodies will be available at Beadaholique as soon as they’re delivered from the factory. Check back soon!