Swarovski has been a prestigious manufacturer of crystal collectibles and figurines since 1895. Since the brand releases many new items each year, it discontinues certain lines on an annual basis, too. When a line has been discontinued, it is referred to as being retired. You can't order retired items from Swarovski, but you may purchase them in stores while stocks last or find them online.
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Swarovski retired its Donald Duck crystal figurine in 2008. The figure was one of a range of Disney-based pieces the crystal brand retired in 2008; others included Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and a limited-edition Tinker Bell figurine. Each year, the Swarovski brand releases one Disney-related figure, according to the Retired Swarovski website.
The pelican, depicted with a huge beak and in a squatting pose, was part of the Swarovski "Feathered Friends" collection, which also included models of birds such as herons and doves. The pelican retails at roughly £24.30 on the second-hand market, according to the Crystal Fox website in October 2010.
This cute baby seal was part of a set called the "Kingdom of Ice and Snow" and is depicted in a standing position. Other figurines in the collection included two penguins --- the Sir Penguin and a Mini Penguin. The Mini Seal retails on the second-hand market for about £29, according to the Crystal Fox website in October 2010.
This costumed figurine, depicted in a crouching position, offering a rose upward, was retired in 2001. The figure is based on the theatrical harlequin costume, which was worn by actors playing a comic role and reoccurs in many historical plays. The harlequin was available exclusively to members of the Swarovski Crystal Society (SCS), founded in 1987, and as such was a limited-edition piece even on its release.
The Pegasus is a mythical beast taken from the legends of Ancient Greece, and is said to be a horse with wings enabling it to fly. The Swarovski Pegasus was released and retired in 1998, and is another SCS piece. The Pegasus was the SCS Annual Piece --- the collectable produced exclusively for SCS members on a yearly basis --- for 1998. Preceding the Pegasus, the SCS Annual Pieces included other mythical creatures, such as a unicorn and a Chinese dragon.
This crystal fruit realistically depicted its inspiration with its yellow top, and was a sister product to the Small Pineapple; both were part of the "Sparkling Fruit" collection. The large pineapple retails for around £169 from second-hand crystal specialists, according to the Crystal Fox website in October 2010.
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