This alchemy of cutting-edge innovation and visionary design finds its origins in the early days of Swarovski, when Daniel Swarovski’s pioneering crystal-cutting machine inspired couturiers to transform their work with captivating crystals.
A century after Daniel founded his company, Nadja Swarovski founded Atelier Swarovski as a way to build on that legacy. Today, its unique collaborations push the boundaries of jewelry design and showcase the endless possibilities of crystal.
CRYSTALACTITE BY MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
Created using the pioneering Crystal Fusion technique, where crystal is merged with matte white resin before it is cut, making gluing unnecessary, this 2013 collection features futuristic jewelry inspired by the natural geology of rock formations in caves. The ground-breaking technique created magical stones reminiscent of the crystalline shapes and forms of stalactites – a dramatic and luxurious look, especially when paired with the avant-garde couture fashion of Maison Martin Margiela.
Velvet Rock by Viktor & Rolf
As two of the world’s most provocative designers, Viktor & Rolf can always be relied upon to do things their own way. With their Velvet Rock collection, this meant a series of statement pieces of jewelry that found magic in a clash of textures. Sparkling Swarovski crystals are embedded into velvet flocking in geometric shapes. Rings, necklaces, earrings and cuffs emerge with bold elegance and a covetable sense of edge – not unlike the designers themselves.
Reverse by Jean Paul Gaultier
When French fashion legend Jean Paul Gaultier collaborates with Atelier Swarovski, you can expect high glamour. Incorporating the new Kaputt crystal, cut in a 24-carat gold finish, the crystal in this collection was burnished with a Sandblast black plating effect, creating a unique chocolate gold color. Gaultier explained that he was inspired by a visit to Swarovski’s archive that revealed the innate perfection of crystal, and wanted to work with the material to find the ‘imperfect beauty’ that had always fascinated him as a designer.
GLACE BY ZAHA HADID
As one of the most renowned architects of her time, Zaha Hadid was known for pushing boundaries in all of her work. This included the 2010 Glace collection for Atelier Swarovski, where her signature style – swooping lines and graceful, fluid shapes – was interpreted through the medium of crystal. Colorful Swarovski crystals are suspended in clear resin forming subtle, organic shapes, the bracelets, necklaces and rings reveal a sculptural sensibility recognizable to anyone familiar with Hadid’s enigmatic architecture.
ARMORY BY FREDRIKSON STALLARD
Design duo Fredrikson Stallard worked closely with Swarovski’s technicians on their 2015 collaboration, creating the unique multi-faceted crystal cut that formed the basis for their collection. Each of the eleven pieces featured a crystal suspended within a geometric metal structure, echoing its own form like a protective armor. Necklaces, cuffs, rings and earrings play with this cage-like setting, containing stunning translucent stones of black and gold at their heart, combining a bold structure with a softer, feminine quality.