Swarovski’s fourth SCS trilogy is the ‘Fabulous Creatures’ series, which was in the late 1990’s era. The initial Fabulous Creatures crystal figurine is the Swarovski. All the crystal figurines in the ‘Fabulous Creatures’ series are mythical creatures, making this series unique based on human interpretation, existing sculptures, or drawings, and not based on nature itself.
The Swarovski Unicorn was available for purchase only in 1996 by collectors who had a membership in the Swarovski SCS Club. The Swarovski Unicorn measures about 4 1/4″ long. It is a clear figurine with a long frosted spiraling horn, frosted goat’s beard, frosted mane, and frosted tail. The SCS Unicorn is lying on its stomach.
The Fabulous Creatures Unicorn was known using the Swarovski identification numbers DO1X961 and 191 727. This SCS Unicorn contains what the crystal brand calls the ‘backstamp / bottomstamp’, which is included for the sake of authenticity. Since Martin Zendron was the designer, it is his initials “MZ” and the year “96” can be seen on the underside of the Unicorn .
Having such a long and fragile protrusion, the Unicorn horn is the most common form of damage or breakage. We have seen or heard stories from a large number of clients who report the horn has come unglued, or a simple tap to it during cleaning has caused it to break off. Sadly, this is an expensive component for Swarovski restoration experts to replace. Oftentimes, the cost is close to that of purchasing a replacement Swarovski Unicorn in mint condition.
The crystal brand has produced one other Unicorn other than the 1996 SCS Unicorn. This other Swarovski Unicorn was part of their Silver Crystal product line. This Unicorn is standing on all 4 legs and has a short horn. The identification # for this Swarovski Unicorn are 7550 000 013 / 630 119. It was produced 2004 through 2009 at a retail price of $300.
The SCS Swarovski Unicorn retailed for $325 USD in 1996. The purchase price included the crystal figurine, a custom box for the figurine, and a Swarovski COA (certificate of authenticity). While the resale price of the Swarovski Unicorn surpassed to nearly $700 shortly after 2000, a mint condition figurine, complete with original packaging can generally be purchased on the secondary market for original MSRP, from Swarovski expert dealers, like Crystal Exchange America.