History of Crystal AB

“You can never go wrong if you take nature as an example”
-Christian Dior

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Crystal AB is by far the most popular coating added to Swarovski crystals. The sparkling rainbow effect has been around for more than 60 years and all began with a fashion collaboration.


“In 1956, Manfred, son of founder Daniel Swarovski, began working with Christian Dior on a new crystal that encapsulated Dior’s creative vision. Aurora Borealis (AB) became its name, and the rest was history.

He came up with a micro-thin layer of vaporized blue metal, with which he coated crystals’ lower   facets. The result was an explosion of     translucent, rainbow-hued, refracted light with an otherworldly feel that recalled the Northern Lights.”

– Swarovski’s Aurora Borealis Crystal Innovation