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History in the Making

History in the Making

Swarovski's history is an inspirational one. It’s the story of a young man from humble beginnings who developed a multi-billion-dollar company. Since 1895, founder Daniel Swarovski’s mastery of crystal cutting has defined the company. His passion for innovation and design is what made it the world’s premier jewelry and accessory brand. For over 120 years Swarovski has distinguished itself from its competitors by producing the world's best-cut crystal. Until this day, Swarovski remains a family owned and run business.


Swarovski first introduced their ornate ground crystal elements to be used by designers and manufacturers of chandeliers and lighting fixtures in 1965. It’s not until 2011 that Swarovski formally established Swarovski Lighting, Ltd., which includes two distinct premium consumer lighting brands; Swarovski, which has a contemporary aesthetic, and Schonbek, which presents classic designs. Together, Swarovski and Schonbek have been granted over 200 design patents and share more than 250 years of crystal and lighting history.


Swarovski’s premium decorative lighting introduces fresh and contemporary designs that combine beautifully cut crystals and state-of-the-art lighting technology. Many of their pieces also receive design contributions from the most renowned designers around the world.


Bohemia is the source of the world’s finest crystals. Adolf Schonbek’s family worked in glasswork but he ventured on his own in 1870. He started producing glass chandeliers in the height of the great era of romance and candlelight. People of means throughout Europe lived lavishly and Adolf’s business flourished.

World wars and trade wars caused the Schonbek's to lose the factories and after escaping from a tumultuous Europe, they re-established in Montreal and eventually moved the headquarters to the United States.

Now, Schonbek is an international lighting manufacturing company which specializes in crystal chandeliers, wall sconces, and lamps. Most of their products are made of crystal or metal trimmed with a variety of crystal types. Although they mainly produce traditional designs, in recent years that have introduced some contemporary to ultra-modern pieces and incorporated colored crystals as well.


Chandeliers from Schonbek radiate grace and opulence. Over the years they have decorated places like the White House and Buckingham Palace.


In 2007 Schonbek became a member of the Swarovski Company. With this merger of beauty and excellence, two world-class brands came together, each with their own unique identity, to bring beauty and light into our homes.