This is the time of year when Swarovski Ornaments are most popular on the secondary market and eBay auctions. The current Swarovski 2010 ornament is available as well as very old, hard-to-find, and rare ornaments.
Presently, there is a rare Swarovski Ornament on eBay: the 1996 Cadillac Ornament. The 1996 Cadillac Ornament is a teardrop-shaped Swarovski crystal, customized for the Cadillac company. It has a Christmas tree etching in the middle. Below the etching is the word “Cadillac”, and the feature year 1996. This ornament is in a green box, with a velvet-like lining on the inside.
I did find other Cadillac ornaments in addition to the 1996 Swarovski Cadillac ornament on eBay. 1998 and 1999 Cadillac ornaments were listed, but closed at ‘unsold’. From my research, I found even more: 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. All the Cadillac ornaments I found utilize the teardrop crystal. The 1997 Swarovski Cadillac ornament features a snowman in the etching. The 1998 Swarovski Cadillac ornament features bells in the etching. The 1999 Swarovski Cadillac ornament features a wreath etching. Lastly, the 2000 Swarovski Cadillac Ornament features a penguin in the etching. All ornaments contain the word Cadillac, with the issue year below. All are packaged in similar green boxes, with red interior.
The same Swarovski Crystal teardrop component was used for the 1984 Swarovski Ornament, 1987 Swarovski Ornament, 1989 Swarovski Ornament, and some 1986 Swarovski Holiday Etchings. The 1987 ornament displays at candle. The 1989 Ornament displays a dove and the teardrop crystal is framed by gold-tone metal in the shape of Christmas tree. The 1986 Holiday Etchings display bells, angels, holly, mistletoe, and other designs. These 11 Holiday Etchings are among the rarest of Swarovski Ornaments.
All these Swarovski ornaments mentioned here (from the 1980’s) have the year etched below the feature design. They were all released by Swarovski by their “Giftware Suite” division, so they were only available in the USA at the time of production.
Some of these Swarovski Ornaments can be found at the Crystal Exchange America web site. If you have one of these and wish to sell, now is the time to do it with Swarovski crystal fanatics collectors naturally looking at this time of year.