I prefer to buy Czech crystals because the coloured ones are almost as good as the top Austrian make and are cheaper to boot. However, for clear crystals, you cannot beat Swarovski's highly leaded sparklies. One way to get them cheaper is to buy them in bulk. If you do, getting through them might take a while so here is a great decor idea from Chiasso - a pretty clear bowl or vase loaded with "mini diamonds". This shimmering centerpiece with a few artfully strewn fake diamonds, is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party!

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