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One of the strangest stamps in the world of philately – rare items with precious crystals on them

One of the strangest stamps in the world of philately – rare items with precious crystals on them
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StampNews.com would like to share an interesting info concerning the strangest stamps from around the world.

This article tells about the rare stamps decorated with precious Swarovski crystals. These unusual items were released by many Postal Services worldwide becoming a real hit among the collectors.

Austria 2004 Swarovski's Crystal World MS

Austria 2004 Swarovski's Crystal World MS

The stamp was released by Austria Post on 20 September 2004 in cooperation with Swarovski Crystals. It was the first time crystals have been applied to a commemorative stamp. The Austrian company 'Swarovski' is world famous for its famous crystals and crystal art.

The first stamp shows a diamond with 6 glittering crystals while the second stamp shows the Swarovski logo - The Swan, also with 6 glittering crystals. The stamps have been mounted on the stamp sheet and further mounted behind a blue card with a background which illustrates the Giant of the Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) which was designed by Austrian Artist Andre Heller. The block of stamps was designed by Viennese graphic artist Renate Gruber.

Stamp issue by Magyar Posta celebrating Hungary’s new Fundamental Law

Stamp issue by Magyar Posta celebrating Hungary’s new Fundamental Law

On 25 April 2011 the President of the Republic of Hungary signed Hungary’s new Fundamental Law, which replaces the 1949 constitution that came into force at a time when the country was deprived of its self-determination.

On Magyar Posta’s numbered philatelic specialty the Holy Crown of Hungary printed in 23 carat gold leaf rising from the plane of the paper is featured. The border is adorned with a work by Miklós Köllő, the statue of King Saint Stephen from the dome hall of the House of Parliament, as well as its vaults. When placed under UV light, the inscription in Hungarian “May there be peace, freedom and concord” is visible. On the special stamp block with red numbering, cut glass crystals sparkle in the place of the precious stones decorating the Holy Crown. There were only 20,000 versions of stamp with crystals released.

Thailand 2010 - 60th Royal Wedding Anniversary Swarovski MS

Thailand 2010 - 60th Royal Wedding Anniversary Swarovski MS

Thailand Post Co Ltd has officially launched two special stamps for sale on 28 April 2010 celebrate the 60th anniversary of the royal wedding of Their Majesties the King and Queen and the royal coronation of HM the King. Each stamp is embellished with six Swarovski crystals while portraits of Their Majesties the King and Queen are in a heart shaped frame.

Austria 2008 - UEFA EURO CUP 2008 with Swarovski MS

Austria 2008 - UEFA EURO CUP 2008 with Swarovski MS

The item was released by Austria Post on 05 June 2008. When the whistle for the kick-off of the UEFA EURO 2008™, the largest sporting event ever taking place in Austria, is blown on 7 June 2008, the 16 participating football teams have ultimately only one goal -- namely to become European Champion.

The stamp shows the Cup against a blue background, and is decorated with four particularly large original Swarovski crystals.

Austria–Hong Kong Joint Issue 2006 Fireworks interpreted in Swarovski Crystals MS

Austria–Hong Kong Joint Issue 2006 Fireworks interpreted in Swarovski Crystals MS

These two stamps were issued jointly by Austrian Post and Hong Kong Post on 22 August 2006. Watching a fireworks display is a captivating experience shared by people from different cultures whether on New Year's Day, on national holidays or on other occasions, a fireworks extravaganza is always synonymous with celebration and exaltation.

Austrian Post issued a set of two EUR 3.75 stamps on fireworks while Hong Kong Post issued a set of two HKD 50 stamps on a miniature sheet with "Crystal Fabric".

"Crystal Fabric" is a textile fabric covered (hot fixed) with many tiny Swarovski Crystals. Crystal fabric has been applied to the two stamps on the Sheetlet (Both Austrian and Hong Kong issue) to highlight the gorgeous bursts of fireworks.  This unique material makes light refraction possible and produces a glittering effect that cannot be found in other ordinary stamps.

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