“Sputnik” Crystal Ornament (3” wide x 1” deep)

Price: $250.00 Members: $225.00

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“Sputnik” Crystal Ornament With Small Facets, Charm & Black Velvet Bag (3” wide x 1” deep)

Our exquisite “Sputnik” Crystal Ornament is hand-crafted from a vintage Swarovski crystal original to the “Sputnik” chandeliers given to the Met by the Austrian government upon its opening in 1966.

Historically significant icons of the Metropolitan Opera House, the chandeliers were conceived by Tad Lbeski of Harrison & Abramovitz specifically for the lobby and auditorium then developed further and fabricated by Hans Harald Rath of J. & L. Lobmeyr of Vienna.

Each dazzling round-cut crystal, measuring 3” wide x 1” deep has small facets and a 1” diameter center opening. A sheer gold ribbon is attached through the center for hanging.

This is a rare, one-of-a-kind, collectable piece from our exclusive collection. A gold-finished tag embossed with the Met Opera Shop logo certifies that each “Sputnik” Crystal Ornament is original to a Metropolitan Opera “Sputnik” chandelier.

Presented in a sumptuous black velvet drawstring bag for protection and gift-giving.

This stunning crystal ornament can be admired during the holiday season and year round as a memento of the Met.

We hand select each crystal to ensure it meets our standards for beauty, quality and authenticity. As with any vintage piece, our “Sputnik” crystal ornament may show natural wear from use over time.

  • A Met Opera Shop Exclusive
  • An original Swarovski crystal “Sputnik” chandelier piece
  • 3” W x 1” D with 1” dia. hole
  • Small facets
  • Sheer gold ribbon attached for hanging
  • Met Opera Shop Gold tag
  • Black velvet drawstring bag
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Collectible
  • Hand-crafted
     

History

Sputniks

The Metropolitan Opera’s starburst chandeliers have been a beloved fixture of the opera house at Lincoln Center since it opened in 1966.  Dubbed “sputniks” after the Russian spacecraft, they reflect light brilliantly through clusters of Swarovski crystals.

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