Swarovski: A Sparkling History

With an original vision to create ‘a diamond for everyone’, the Swarovski company was founded in Austria in 1895. Today the company is world renowned for its high-quality crystal product collections of jewellery, accessories and ornaments.

Here, we take a look at where it all began. On October 24th 1862, in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Daniel Swarovski was born, the son of Franz Anton and Helene. Franz Anton was a glass-cutter who owned a small business, and it was in his father’s factory that a young Daniel became expert in the art of glass cutting.

Personalised Engraving at John Greed

Personalised jewellery can create a lasting memento, allow you to express your own identity, and make a wonderful gift for someone you love, and people have been engraving jewellery since prehistoric times when decorative stones were hand carved. Fast forward to the 15th century when copper plate engraving was invented, becoming a popular method of adding identifying marks and messages, and traditional engraving as we now know it, was born.

Hand engraving was used for softer metals such as gold, silver and platinum but the advent of laser engraving has allowed much harder surfaces to be engraved. Now, all types of jewellery can be engraved, from rings and bracelets to watches and cufflinks, as well as accessories like trinket boxes, photo frames and keyrings.