For the most part, I have addressed the question about the importance of the Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity at the Crystal Exchange America web site.
First and foremost, if the crystal figurine in question is a Swarovski Limited Edition figurine, or a Swarovski Annual Edition, the Certificate of Authenticity is important to retain the highest value, and sell-ability of the figurine. This is because avid Swarovski Crystal collectors prefer to have ‘the complete package’ when purchasing retired Swarovski.
When the Swarovski figurine in question is not any type of special edition, then Swarovski includes a ‘generic product booklet’ titled ‘certificate’ with the figurine when produced. Given this type of certificate is generic and interchangeable between products, the significance is lower. Nonetheless, some Swarovski fanatics will certainly pay extra money when purchasing discontinued Swarovski crystal figurines to ensure they have that ‘complete package’.
Regarding current Swarovski products, the company states that they cannot replace a Swarovski Certificate of Authenticity. They do recommend that customers retain their receipts for any warranty issues that may arise.
The company has used at least eight different Swarovski certificates since 1976. The first three have an octagonal shape. They were used from approximately 1976 to 1988. From 1988 to 1995, a square white Swarovski certificate was used. The only round Swarovski certificate was used from 1995 to 2000. Since 2000, a variety of square certificates have been used, including issues in white, blue, and reddish-orange.
Angie / Crystal Exchange America
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