SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Sponsors 24th Annual ARTS Awards Gala

DALLAS – Nov. 15, 2012 – Dallas Market Center and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, the premium brand for the finest crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski, today announced that SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will sponsor the 24th annual ARTS Awards gala, the premier awards program for the home industry, to be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (Jan. 16-22).

“We’re very excited and honored to work again with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on this special evening; they are the ideal partner for the ARTS Awards gala,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. “We thank them for their collaboration and loyal dedication to the industry. Their exceptional and beautiful crystal work will add a further touch of elegance to this event.”

“Identifying and supporting talent has long been a cornerstone of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS’ philosophy, along with creative collaborations with stellar talents, both established and new,” said Reinhard Mackinger, executive vice president, Elements Business, Swarovski North America. “As such, the ARTS Awards represent an important event in which SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is delighted to play a supporting role”.

Upon entering the ballroom at the Hilton Anatole for the dinner and ceremony portion of the ARTS Awards, guests will be greeted by a glittering, 48-foot-wide and 14-foot-tall curtain lining the stage, incorporating more than 280 individual crystal strands, and two custom-made, crystal embellished podiums. Guests will find tabletop favors at their place settings of custom-designed, crystalline wine glass stem charms as mementos of their evening.

For more information on the ARTS Awards or to purchase tickets starting Nov. 26, please visit the Dallas Market Center website. Keep up-to-date on all market information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook and Twitter or by visiting Know It All, the Dallas Market Center blog.

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home industry. Twenty-five categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green, Academy of Achievement and Visionary. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement and Visionary honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 78 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. As a result, more than $8 billion in estimated wholesale transactions are conducted annually within the Dallas Market Center complex. The Dallas Market Center website is www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is the premium brand for the finest precision cut crystal elements manufactured by Swarovski. The designer’s choice since the founding of the company by Daniel Swarovski in 1895, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS continues to provide inspiration for creative innovators in the worlds of fashion, jewelry, accessories, interior design and lighting. The coveted “MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS” label serves as a certificate of absolute authenticity and ensures that partners’ products are made with genuine SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

About Swarovski
In 1895, Daniel Swarovski, a Bohemian inventor and visionary, moved to the village of Wattens, Tyrol in Austria, with his newly-invented machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewelry stones. From this beginning that revolutionized the fashion world, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal for fashion, jewelry and more recently lighting, architecture and interiors. Today, the company, still family-owned and run by 4th and 5th generation family members, has a global reach with some 23,000 employees, a presence in over 120 countries and a turnover in 2010 of 2.06 billion Euros. Swarovski comprises two major businesses; one producing and selling loose elements to the industry and the other creating design-driven finished products. Swarovski crystals have become an essential ingredient of international design. Since 1965 the company has also catered to the fine jewelry industry with precision- cut genuine gemstones and created stones. Showing the creativity that lies at the heart of the company, Swarovski’s own brand lines of accessories, jewelry and home décor items are sold through more than 1,900 retail outlets worldwide. The Swarovski Crystal Society has close to 325,000 members across the world, keen collectors of the celebrated crystal figurines. And in Wattens, Swarovski Kristallwelten, the multi-media crystal museum, was opened in 1995 as a celebration of Swarovski’s universe of innovation and inspiration.