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Archive for April 2011

Visit Merchants Overseas for the all NEW Instruction and Design Guide for Mother’s Day!

Featuring the ‘Dazzling Hearts’ Bracelet with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS!

Dazzling Hearts Bracelet with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Don’t forget to visit the Create-Your-Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS section of the website for many more design and inspiration guides!

Merchants Overseas was pleased to invite our VIP customers to attend the opening of the RISD Museum’s Cocktail Culture event last night!

Cocktail Culture is sponsored by Swarovski with additional support from The Coby Foundation and the Museum Associates. The event last night was a huge success and the dresses were amazing!

Organized by the Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s Department of Costume and Textiles and curated by Joanne Dolan Ingersoll, Cocktail Culture is the first multi-disciplinary exhibition to explore the social ritual of drinking and entertainment through the lens of fashion and design.

The Exhibition Runs Friday, April 15 – Sunday, July 31, 2011

“Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion 1920-1980” is one of the largest exhibitions of costume and textiles in the RISD Museum’s history. From Prohibition to disco, cocktails and fashion ritualized the passage of time, and helped men and women navigate the sweeping social changes that defined 20th-century American life. Cocktail culture—and the fashion that defined it—succeeded in unifying diverse groups of people while providing a means of vibrant personal expression.

Cocktail Culture is accompanied by a robust schedule of related events, including gallery talks, lectures, public events, and educational programming to enhance the exhibition experience.

While Merchants Overseas is known for being the largest 5 Star Dealer of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, many of our customers don’t realize we have an extensive and versatile inventory going back 60 years!  In addition to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, we also carry cubic zirconias, Lead-Free Lucite stones, metal pendants/components, ceramics, etc!

Check out our selection of heart-shaped components in a wide range of these styles for your Mother’s Day Projects!!

Mother’s Day Design Project:

“Swinging Hearts” Earrings


This Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Instruction Guide is a simple and easy project that will go along way with mom this Mother’s day!

Using the new 6264 “Truly In Love” Designer Heart Pendants from this year’s New Innovations in Crystal AB and Crystal Astral Pink!


Get Your FREE CYS Mother’s Day Instruction Guide below:

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS recently launched the online version of one of their most popular CREATE YOUR STYLE communication materials: the CREATE YOUR STYLE Color Carousel. To show even more beautiful colors, they also included some of the OPAL COLORS!  The Color Carousel is interactive and now available on!

Click on the photo to take it for a Spin!!

The CREATE YOUR STYLE color carousel places the world of fashion at your mouse pointer! Choose a Main Color and watch as the wheel shows you the best in harmonious colors, contrast colors and pearl colors!  The perfect tool to use as inspiration for your next design project!

Rather have a physical tool to work with?  Buy one today!

Learn how to make this “Vibrant Hearts Necklace” for the Special Mother in your life!


This new Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Instruction guide uses the new Designer Heart Pendants from this year’s Innovations in Crystal Red Magma, Crystal Astral Pink and Crystal Satin.

It’s a super easy way to show someone how much you care!

Download your free instruction guide here!


Our History….

Eugene Wachtenheim, a WWII survivor who emigrated from Europe to join his family already residing in America, founded Merchants Overseas in 1951. Before leaving, he corresponded with his uncle living in Chicago about business opportunities in America.  Discovering that the war had caused a shortage of large-sized Aurora Borealis rhinestones in the United States, his uncle suggested that he purchase crystals to bring with him on his journey. And so, Eugene came to this country carrying two suitcases full of crystal rhinestones for sale. From that day on, Merchants Overseas has grown to become the largest U.S. distributor of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Six decades later, we remain the number-one distributor of the timeless beauty that is world renowned as Swarovski crystal. Identified by its radiant and rich characteristics, Swarovski crystals have proven even more alluring when supported by the integrity and reliability of Merchants Overseas. Over the years, we have continuously focused on refining and perfecting our business and product offerings. To date, Merchants Overseas continues to expand by offering diverse components and findings that support the creative solutions for design and merchandising. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and service and we, in turn, have the honor of being your #1 source for all things crystal!

The Summer 2011 must have colors stand out with personality!

The season’s most popular hues for Jewelry, Accessories, Apparel and Home Décor are perfect for mixing and matching with different metals, fabrics and neutrals.

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