“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. 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. DIY Crystal Ball Window Crystals
If you like to create your own window suncatchers, or you have a creative friend who likes these types of projects, there’s a wide selection of crystal ball shaped rainbow makers in different sizes on Amazon.
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
5. Tree of Life Hanging Crystals
Guaranteed to make tons of rainbows, this Tree of Life chandelier-style suncatcher has seven crystal balls plus little glass beads. From the top of the string to the bottom, measures about 18″.
Angel suncatchers are a popular style, no doubt to bring that extra bit of positive energy into your home!
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.
- 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”
9. 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!
10. Geometric Window Prisms
11. Teardrop Window Crystals
Teardrop-shaped window crystals offer a look you don’t see as often. Some come with iridescent hues while others a scalloped.
12. 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.
13. Lotus Crystals
Lovely on a sunny windowsill or desk, these lotus flower crystals make perfect gifts for friends or family members (or even yourself!) who are working on personal transformation.
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.
15. Moon Hanging Crystals
16. Seashell Rainbow Maker
Measures about 2″x2″
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: