In 1989, Swarovski was near the end of the first SCS trilogy, ‘Caring and Sharing’. The final SCS figurine in this series was the Swarovski Turtledoves, by Adi Stocker.
The Swarovski Turtledoves could be purchased only in 1989 by Swarovski SCS members.
The Swarovski Amour Turtledoves is approximately 3.5″ long. From a quick description of this crystal figurine, they might sound like the Swarovski Lovebirds: 2 amorous clear birds with frosted beaks, perched on a frosted branch.
The ‘backstamp / bottomstamp’ is found on the side of the Turtledoves branch, where the branch is clear, (as it is quite difficult to see on frosted crystal, like on the Swarovski Woodpeckers). The backstamp, consisting of the Swarovski Swan, the letters SCS, the designer’s initials “ASt” and the year “89”, is easily visible.
The Turtledoves are identified using the Swarovski part number DO1x891 or the system number 117 895 was revealed.
It is interesting to note that the SCS Turtledoves crystal component for the birds’ wings is the same component used for the wings on the Swarovski Woodpeckers and the ears on the 1990 Swarovski Dumbo figurine!
The crystal giant has also produced one other Turtledoves design, by a different designer Gabriele Stamey. This more recent Swarovski Turtledoves figurine was introduced in 2004 and can presently be purchased in the Swarovski shoppe. The most striking differences between the Amour Turtledoves and Silver Crystal Turtledoves are the frosted beaks (SCS AE)vs topaz beaks (Silver Crystal) and resting birds (SCS AE) vs a bird with its wings spread (Silver Crystal). Also, the SCS AE Turtledoves are a bit smaller 3.5″ long vs 4.25″ for the newer Silver Crystal design.
A special thanks to Jane Warner for consultations made during the writing of this Swarovski Turtledoves article. Jane is the Swarovski expert author of Warner’s Blue Ribbon Books on Swarovski.
In 1989, the MSRP of the SCS Swarovski Turtledoves was for $195 USD . Just like the other ‘Caring and Sharing’ figurines, the purchase price included the crystal figure, a custom box for the Turtledoves, and a Swarovski COA (certificate of authenticity). Collectors who want to purchase the Swarovski Turtledoves from a Swarovski expert dealer, like Crystal Exchange America, should expect to pay $550 – $650 for the SCS Turtledoves in mint condition with original box and certificate.