“Life throws challenges, and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
― Amit Ray
Crystal suncatchers – also called rainbow makers or hanging window crystals – have a way of bringing more joy and tranquility into your home. They also make wonderful housewarming gifts. You can find them in virtually every shape and style to suit your personal aesthetics and home décor. Every home should have some extra rainbow makers in addition to its rainbow-making inhabitants.
On the topic of rainbows, here is some rainbow lore…
Rainbow Symbolism and Spirituality
Rainbows are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts, and not surprisingly, they’ve had symbolic and spiritual meaning in virtually every culture throughout history. In Norse mythology, the rainbow serves as a bridge that connects Earth with “Asgard,” which is the home of the Norse Gods. To the Aboriginal people of Australia, the Creator is a rainbow snake. And in Judeo-Christian stories, the rainbow symbolizes God’s promise, dating back to the time of Noah’s Ark, when God promised that that the world wouldn’t be destroyed by another flood. And in Buddhism, the rainbow represents the highest state of consciousness before achieving Nirvana.
The Rainbow Chakra Connection
In Hindu, Buddhist, and New Age philosophies, the seven chakras, which represent the energy systems in the body, match the colors of the rainbow. Just as “white” sun rays hit raindrops and bend in different angles, forming the colors of the rainbow, the theory behind chakra balancing or chakra tuning – sometimes referred to as “rainbow healing” – is that it enables the light from a higher power to enter us, tone our chakras, and heal us.
But even if you don’t consider yourself a spiritual person, and you simply appreciate the science of how rainbows occur, in all likelihood – you’re willing to admit that rainbows are beautiful and that they make you feel good.
While the extraordinariness of rainbows in the sky makes them all the more special to us (even if you’re lucky enough to live in the South Pacific, where they can be quite plentiful), it’s still fun to get some extra rainbow energy into your home by putting crystal suncatchers, or rainbow makers, in your windows. Here is a selection of some of my favorites.
Swarovski Crystal Suncatchers
I’m starting this list with Swarovski crystal suncatchers because I’d like to give a shout out to Swarovski AG, the company that makes this beautiful crystal. You’ll see a number of suncatchers throughout this post that use Swarovski crystal.
Swarovski is a family-owned company based in Austria. Company founder Daniel Swarovski was born in northern Bohemia in 1862 and was the son of a glasscutter. According to Wikipedia, he patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass. Swarovski crystals are manmade, but utilize quartz, sand, and minerals. The exact proportion of these elements in the final crystal product is a company secret.
Swarovski crystal is special because it has the beauty and sparkle of a precious gemstone, but it’s created by a company that believes in maintaining ethical social and environmental standards. Daniel Swarovski is quoted as saying, “Supporting social and environmental projects is the obligation of any responsible company.”
Sparkles with Good Karma
Awareness has grown in recent years about the tolls that the precious gemstone trade of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and others takes on workers who mine them as well as the environment. You’ve probably heard the term “blood diamonds,” which refers to human suffering in the gemstone supply chain. (The film “Blood Diamond,” starring Leo DiCaprio Djimon Hounsou, is a great movie that’s set amidst this issue.) While there are organizations that are trying to build more accountability into this industry, we are still a ways off from ubiquitous fair trade and environmental sustainability certifications in the precious gemstone industry.
This is why I’m a fan of Swarovski crystal. While quartz, like precious gemstones, is a non-renewable resource, it is also one of the most commonly found minerals in the Earth’s crust. Thus, I’m happy to see that some of the artisans creating the rainbow makers shown here use recycled Swarovski crystals.
1. Serco Designs Swarovski Crystal Suncatchers
Serco Designs creates beautiful hanging window crystals in a variety of shapes. This oval-shaped suncatcher is large, over two inches, and hangs on a strand of aquamarine-colored light Azore crystals adorned with Swarovski crystal cubes.
- Pendant: 1.5” wide
- Hanging length with pendant: 13.5”
2. Aurora Borealis Crystal Suncatchers by Serco Designs
- Pendant: 3” long
- Hanging length with pendant: 14”
Crystal Ball Sun Catchers
3. Heartstrings by Morgan Swarovski Crystal Ball Rainbow Makers
Heartstrings by Morgan creates beautiful crystal rainbow makers in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles. This large Swarovski crystal ball sun catcher is strung on a strand of small, clear Swarovski crystal beads.
- The crystal ball comes in a variety of sizes, including 70mm, 60mm, 50mm, 40mm, 30mm, and 20mm. (Heartstrings by Morgan will create custom designs.)
- Hanging length: approximately 12”
4. Colored Crystal Ball Sun Catchers
Crystal ball sun catchers also come in a variety of sizes and in a rainbow of colors: red, yellow, green, blue, aquamarine, purple, pink, and clear.
Price: ~$9.99 – $29.00
Angel suncatchers are a popular style, no doubt to bring that extra bit of positive energy into your home!
5. Lilli Heart Designs Angel Rainbow Makers
Lilli Heart Designs makes beautiful suncatchers. You’ll have to visit their shop on Etsy to see the variety of their designs. Lilli Heart uses rare, vintage Swarovski crystals in their designs. This little angel has a halo with extra-sparkly Swarovski Aurora Borealis bi-cone crystal beads.
6. Bodhi Creations Crystal Angel Suncatchers
7. Crystal Guardian Angel by Woodstock Chimes
This Guardian Angel rainbow maker reflects the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven chakras. In addition to making beautiful suncatchers, creator Woodstock Chimes is known for their wind chimes.
You can see this crystal angel doing her lightwork in this video:
- Angel: 2”
- Hanging length: 7.5”
Starburst Rainbow Makers
Sunburst suncatchers are another popular style and they have exceptional rainbow-making power!
8. Purple, Blue, and Green Swarovski Crystal Starburst
The color combination in this crystal cluster makes it a standout and the perfect adornment for your window. Heartstrings by Morgan also makes a sunburst cluster that has all seven colors of the rainbow, as well as other color combinations. Be sure to check out her store on Etsy to see more.
- Hanging length: 9”
Price at the time of this post: $30.00
9. Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystal Star Cluster by Lilli Heart Designs
- Star: 2″
- Hanging length: 7”
10. Star Swarovski Crystal Prism with Rainbow Maker Beads
- Hanging length: 10”
Window Crystals in Special Shapes
Looking for a rainbow maker that’s a little different from the traditional suncatcher? Check these out!
11. Lotus Flower Suncatchers
In Buddhism, the lotus flower symbolizes spiritual evolution, as the lotus is a beautiful flower that grows out of the mud. These lotus flower suncatchers are handmade and throw off beautiful rainbow flares. They are just a reminder that you are a spiritual being having a human experience! You are on a path of divine evolution.
12. Heart Window Crystal
This heart suncatcher is handmade using Swarovski crystals. Lilli Heart Designs also creates window crystal hearts in other colors, like brilliant red and cobalt blue. These heart shaped Swarovski crystals are rare and hard to find.
13. Crystal Pineapple Suncatchers
A symbol of generosity and hospitality, the pineapple makes the perfect adornment for your home and a perfect housewarming gift. Many of these crystal pineapple suncatchers are made with Swarovski crystal balls, with clustered crystal leaves.
14. Daisy Window Crystal
This sweet daisy suncatcher is handmade with shimmering Aurora Borealis Swarovski crystals. The daisy is small enough that you can also wear it as a necklace pendant. It comes with a few different colors in the center, as well as a rainbow version. Designer J Leen makes a variety of other designs as well.
- Daisy pendant measures: 1.2” x 1.2” x 0.5” deep
15. Butterfly Rainbow Makers
If you are partial to butterflies, or you know someone for whom butterflies have special meaning, this is the perfect suncatcher. Shaped like a butterfly, it measures 1.25″ x 1″. Adorn your window with you a few and you will have rainbow making butterflies bringing special magic into your home.
16. Moon Crystal Rainbow Makers
If you have a special affinity to the moon (or astrology :o), these moon-shaped suncatchers are a must for your home. Combine them with some star-shaped rainbow makers, and you’ll be welcoming in the positive powers of the Universe.
Rainbow Colors and Chakra Crystal Prisms
17. Swarovski Crystal Window Prism with Rainbow Beaded Strand
Many of the suncatchers highlighted above have rainbow colored versions. The seven colors of the rainbow correspond with your seven energy chakras, as well as the seven notes in the major scale. Given this, I think listening to music, dancing, and inviting more rainbows into your life is always a good idea! I particularly love this crystal prism suncatcher by Heartstrings by Morgan, which hangs from a long strand of Swarovski crystal beads in 36 different colors.
- Pyramid crystal prism: 1.4” x 1.4” and 0.6” deep at the base
- Hanging length: 9.5”
18. Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker Suncatcher
And for those times when you just want to kick back and watch rainbows dance around your room (without having to get up to twirl your suncatcher), there is an “extra” solar-powered version by Kirkland Design.
You can see it in action in this video:
May your day be filled with sunshine, rainbows, and positive energy!