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Do we need crystals for our devices? Samsung seems to think so. I seem to remember receiving some for a very old LG camera phone (before they got smart), many moons ago. The “Swarovski for Samsung” collaboration follows a successful accessories partnership between the two brands at the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The collection marks the first time in over 100 years that Swarovski has partnered in a collaboration of this scale, fully integrating its branding into the Samsung collection.

Here’s what they say:

“With technology and fashion so deeply intertwined, we at Samsung want to support our customers in expressing themselves through technological innovation and great partnerships,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “Collaborating with Swarovski on this stunning collection of accessories highlights our ongoing commitment to providing people with devices that express their individual personalities and tastes.”

The collection of crystal-encrusted Galaxy S5 covers and Gear Fit charms brings together distinctive Swarovski craftsmanship with Samsung’s technological expertise. Through a specially developed application process, Swarovski Crystal Fine Rocks have been embedded onto the back cover of the Galaxy S5, while two crystal effects have been merged into one motif as an extra design feature.

The Gear Fit Charm Sliders have been specially designed to provide versatility for wearable devices. The charms are available in a wide variety of colours and styles, with the option to mix-and-match to suit a range of occasions and your individual style and taste. Bar colours include Brown, Golden Shadow and Crystal whilst dangle styles feature Siam Heart, Light Rose Heart, Crystal Skull, Anthracite Skull, Crystal Star, Blue Star and Golden Shadow Lips crystals.

To view or place an order, go here.




Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com