Helloooooo Buns! Welcome!
This is NOT a post about The Collector, Marvel's fiction character.
This is a post about our friend and Best Man of our wedding, aka:'the Model', like some people said, (he looked THAT good!).
He is Stergios's oldest friend, and lately he paid a visit to us in Vienna...Austria...did you know that Austria is the Swarovski Brand's birthplace? More accurately the actual headquarters are in the city called 'Wattens'. If you are not familiar to Swarovski Crystals I will share few general information I found in wikipedia.
"...Daniel Swarovski was born in northern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), 20 km from the current border with Poland. His father was a glass cutter and owned a small glass factory. In 1892 he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.In 1895, Swarovski, financier Armand Kosman, and Franz Weis founded the Swarovski company.The company established a crystal-cutting factory in Wattens, Tyrol (Austria), to take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes Daniel Swarovski had patented. Swarovski's vision was to make "a diamond for everyone" by making crystals affordable..."
But why am I writing about Swarovski?
Swarovski has an AMAZING collection of jewelleries, watches, accessories and DECORATIONS. You can take a look here what I'm talking about. They have themed detailed amazing decorative sculptures, famous figures, movie figures, Disney heroes, classic fairytale figures etc etc (the list is huge) all made of crystals!
And still I haven't answered your question. What's all about it? Well...their Beauty forces you to waaaant one...two...all of them! And that's how you become a COLLECTOR!
And now I will connect the two stories, The Swarovski and our Best Man, 'The Model'.
Our conversation started over a cup of coffee at Cafe Hawelka. We needed access to some caffeine after spending some serious time in the Swarovski shop in Vienna's centre.
He collects Swarovski Crystal Decorations since 1997 and I find that VERY interesting, the fact that someone collects something for that long! So I asked 😛
At that point Stergios arrived wondering why we record ourselves on camera instead of using the recorder on my phone (low battery), and why the camera is focused to the table next to us instead of our faces (we didn't feel like taking a video of us), then he ordered a cafe macchiato and a cheesecake -the amazing Cafe Hawelka's Buchteln weren't baked yet. After while the whole place was smelling sugar and buchteln and it was time for us to leave before we size up 😛
My thoughts over collecting something you like are mixed.
Clearly you never know what will 'click' your mind and when you'll decide to start a Collection of items...Although me personally should firstly deal with my impatience and then maaaaybe I will be able to start a Collection of SOMETHING 😛 ...I don't know if everybody is capable or has the right mindset to stay focused on collecting...(hoarders is a whole different topic 😛 ). But, you know, I sure admire my friends who do that. I admire how commited they are and how they discovered a way to create joy for themselves. Oh and I envy their patience. Or any patience existing in this world 😛 I own non 😛
And don't forget, happiness most of the times (if not always) is a state of mind and something you create for yourself!
And by saying that last important thing I cyber pat pat your head and leave. See you next time with a new friend of mine who is kind enough to talk to me!
P.S.: I'm not paying them, they are very COOL people!
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3 thoughts on “Tell me about it *The Collector*”
Very nice collection, do you have earthquakes in Greece? :)) I have a friend which is also passionate about Swarovski but she collects jewelry and she visited some famous place in Austria where they have many pieces, maybe the same place mentioned by your friend.
Yes it’s so beautiful! I also think your friend’s collection must be amazing! And I love their chunky jewelries…Yeeeah there are earthquakes but he has secured it well 😁 I wonder what they have in Wattens, the Pictures look amazing.