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Strictly Beats X Factor in the Ratings War!

The popularity of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is soaring this year, as it continues to beat rival The X Factor. The ballroom spectacular has been consistently drawing in more viewers week on week, and last weekend had a peak audience of 11.4 million – while The X Factor lagged behind with 7.4 million viewers. And the show’s success doesn’t stop there – not only is Strictly beating its direct talent show rival, the Sunday rating battle also seen the dance show overtake the brand new series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! The results show pulled in a peak of 11.2 million while Ant and Dec managed to draw in 11.1 million viewers.

The World’s Most Expensive Crystals

Some gemstones are more expensive than others – this is mostly down to how rare and precious the stone is, and then its purity. If they are difficult to mine then this can also increase the market value of crystals and gems. Here are some of the most sought after, in-demand gemstones on the planet – could you afford these prices? They’re a bit too steep for the team here at Crystal Parade, we’ll stick to our manmade Swarovski crystals which are just as dazzling and beautiful.

How Are Preciosa and Swarovski Crystals Made?

Crystal has a long history of enchanting people, and our ancestors used natural crystal for a number of healing and spiritual purposes. Some people still believe in the natural healing qualities of crystals – in fact celebrities such as Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry are disciples of healing crystals. But how are Swarovski and Preciosa crystals and crystal elements different from healing crystals and how are they mass produced? Read on to find out.

Dance Costumes Through Time

Dance is constantly evolving, and it seems as though each decade has its own iconic dance style. From the glamour of the 1920s to the all-out audacious and artistic creations worn by popstars and backing dancers in the 2000s, dance costumes also transform through time. Take a look at Crystal Parade’s timeline of dance costumes, featuring all of the trends and crazes which represent the social dances of bygone eras.

[Infographic] A - Z of Crystallizing

As crystal lovers, we love learning more about crystals and anything relevant. So, we created an article named "A - Z of Crystallizing" full of interesting facts and information about different types of crystals, tools and things you can do with crystals. Continue reading

How to Make a Crystal Skull for Halloween

Halloween isn’t far away, which means one thing: it’s time to get spooky! The freaky celebrations fall on a weekend this year, which is an even better excuse for a party! From pumpkins to spider web decorations and ghoulish games, it’s that time of year to start preparing the house for Halloween. The creative team at Crystal Parade have got something really special for you to try, which is totally unique and different from anything you can buy in the shops.

What Do You Want to Make? Crystal Parade TV Competition

If you haven’t already heard, here at Crystal Parade we’ve been very busy filming lots of videos for you, showing you how to make some really cool things with our crystals and craft accessories. We’ve recently launched Crystal Parade TV on YouTube, and already have over 10 videos for you to watch. The professional videos show exactly how to make a variety of projects, including all the equipment you will need, and how to apply the crystals correctly. There’s already a number of embellishing projects for you to choose from, such as how to crystallize a winter lantern, a photo frame, and a Christmas table centrepiece.

Interior Design Craft Projects for Rainy Days

Winter is closing in, and undoubtedly that means quite a few cold, rainy days are instore. If you’re wondering how you’ll entertain yourself when it’s just too chilly and wet to venture outside of the house, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s the perfect time of year to take part in some craft projects, especially interior design projects which can brighten up the home in the darkest days.

We Make the West End Production of Kinky Boots Shimmer!

It’s been a busy summer full of thrilling projects at Crystal Parade. Not only have we been involved in making a stunning new dress for the waxwork of the Queen at London’s Madame Tussauds, we’ve also been putting the finishing touches on the costumes of West End stars. Read on to find out more…

Top Irish Dancing Moments of All Time

Irish dancing season is back – and to celebrate we just had to share some of these amazing moments from the world of Irish dance. From surprise dancing guests at a wedding reception to flash mobs around the world, we’ve got an exciting collection for you.

Crystal Parade Works with Madame Tussauds for Waxwork of Queen Elizabeth

The Crystal Parade team have been involved in a secret project all summer - and we're so glad we can finally spill the beans! We've been working with Madame Tussauds London on its new waxwork of Her Majesty the Queen - now the longest reigning monarch in British history.

The History of Crystals

Many of us enjoy the use of crystals in our everyday lives – whether it’s Swarovski crystal elements on a dress or a stunning sapphire ring which catches the eye. But have you ever wondered about the history of crystals; where did they come from, and have we always held them with regard and thought them of high worth?

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