Thursday, November 14th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

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Schonbek Worldwide Lighting has announced that they have made an exciting transformation to the company as a result of their strong partnership with the Swarovski Group. In October 2007, Schonbek was acquired by Swarovski, and since then their association and rapport have been significant for both companies.

In a statement made by David White, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, and John Simms, VP of Global Operations, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting will now be known as “Swarovski Lighting.” The two stated in an August 6 news announcement that since the partnership with Swarovski, there has been many adjustments to push Schonbek in a positive direction; including allocating the Schonbek Plattsburgh, NY location as the global headquarters and making significant changes to the core of both companies.

“As a result of these changes, and the evolution of our business strategy, our official business name will change to Swarovski Lighting,” they stated in the release. “Swarovski Lighting will continue to encompass two very distinct premium consumer lighting brands, Swarovski and Schonbek.”

Both White and Simms say the combination, Swarovski being respected and admired for its “contemporary aesthetic” and Schonbek well-regarded for its “classic, timeless styling,” will not change, but it will allow for better marketing strategies in the future; they reassure all their customers and business partners that the rich history of Schonbek Lighting will not change.

“While the overall company name will change to Swarovski Lighting, the Schonbek brand name and the 142 year legacy lives on in all of the existing as well as new products we will continue to innovate, and market under this well established brand.”

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Contessa Chandelier

Although there are many crystal fixture manufacturers out there, there is truly only one brand that is Schonbek – they have been the premier manufacturer of fine crystal lighting for more than 140 years. Schonbek was founded on craftsmanship and customer service; every piece is handcrafted in New York to heirloom quality. They are built to stand the test of time, both in quality and classic design. These fixtures are exquisite jewels that should be passed on through generations of family. Schonbek has built custom pieces for all the finest venues, from the White House to Buckingham Palace and their innovation goes far beyond custom fixtures; Schonbek is responsible for almost 200 patented technologies. They have developed the crystal lighting industry from the very beginning.

In 2007, Schonbek partnered with the Swarovski Companies; this combined the finest chandelier maker and crystal manufacturer into one company. Together they share 255 years of innovation and quality. Schonbek will continue to be the leader in premium crystal light fixtures, although they have always had traditional and contemporary pieces, their new line push the design envelope. These modern pieces from Schonbek Lighting ensure that Schonbek does not get left in the dust as the lighting industry evolves once again.

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Schonbek Maria Theresa

Maria Theresa chandeliers date back to the 1700s when the Australian Empress, Maria Theresa reigned. They are beautiful fixtures that are known to have more traditional silhouettes that are covered and draped with crystals.

It is often mistaken that the frame of Maria Theresa chandeliers are made of glass but actually, they are known to have a metal frame that is covered in glass. The metal frame is simply an instrument on which the crystal is enclosed and ornaments are draped upon to restructure the array of designs that are Maria Theresa; from the most minimalistic designs to exceptionally ornate.

Schonbek Worldwide Lighting features a collection in honor of the Empress Maria Theresa. Schonbek’s Maria Theresa collection is a wonderful example of this style chandelier; their version however is highly stylized while featuring the typical crystal listels outlining the shapely frame. Crystal embellishments of Heritage Handcut crystals are also covering each piece within this collection.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

by Benson Littman

Crystal lighting is a very elegant means of lighting your home and it adds a beautiful and stylish touch to your interior lighting design. Today, there are so many different styles and brands that are being designed and crafted and these manufacturers truly know the significance and value of the crystals they use when creating these ornate compositions of light.

Here is a brief overview of the types of crystals out there so you know what you are getting when you’re on the hunt for your next crystal fixture:

Schonbek Pendant

Swarovski Elements – This type of crystal is considered the most luxurious and most exceptional crystals in the world. It is a uniquely genuine and naturally pure variety of crystal out there today. It comes in countless shapes, sizes and colors and are each machine-cut and polished with precision; the logo of Swarovski Elements is engraved into each crystal, impossible to replicate.

Spectra Crystal – Is a machine-cut Swarovski crystal that was illuminates a radiant shimmer and is designed by the highest authority in crystal expertise; it is created to be an enhanced, top-quality crystal at an affordable price for customers.

Heritage Handcut Crystal – These crystals are hand cut in a method that is deep-rooted in crystal cutting history, dating back centuries. Each crystal is unique in shape and form and is cut by hand in two stages, on an iron and sandstone wheel. After, they are polished on a wood wheel with marble dust.

Optic Handcut Crystal – These crystals are significantly refractive. Optic crystal was originally solely used in scientific studies and instrumentation but Schonbek’s engineers started including them in their chandelier models.

Gemcut Crystal – Are shaped into a very sharp and precise form and are polished to create a pure and super refractive crystal.
Vintage Crystal – Vintage crystals are very whimsical droplets of beads in a very traditional shape of faceted ovals, woven into chains.

Schonbek Crystal Chandelier

Legacy Crystal – This type of crystal comes from Venice, Italy and emanates an understated shine and is known to be more affordable than the average cut crystal.

Rock Crystal – this is truly a unique kind of crystal as it can’t be manufactured and mass-produced. It is one of the oldest crystals around and are mined by skilled gem-cutters and are not created in any type on synthetic process in crystal cutting or polishing.

The design and manufacturing of crystal fixtures requires ample understanding, knowledge and familiarity with the crystals and creations made in order to produce such superior designs in lighting. An array of brands produce crystal lighting of all designs and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting is one of them; Schonbek features lighting that is bejeweled, ornamented and trimmed with an assortment of exquisite and delicate crystals. Schonbek carries all of the above crystal types and incorporated them into their designs in very distinct and unique ways.