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Articles & Industry News 2017

industry articles and news for Swarovski beads and crystals by bluestreak crystals

Our articles and industry news from 2017 can be found below. To view any article in full, please click on the article heading or link provided and the article will open up in a new browser window.


Myth or Magic? The Restorative Power of Crystals! - 28 December 2017

We are all familiar with crystals as a type of glittering, precious stone, but did you know that they are thought by some people to have restorative powers, as well as the ability to improve everything from your energy, to your love life? At Bluestreak, we can't absolutely guarantee that these stones have magical powers, but let's look at some of the most well known, and the mystical gifts they’re said to bestow...! Please click here to read the entire article.


DIY your Vintage Jewellery and Prolong its Life - 21 December 2017

As a lover of vintage jewellery there are certain things that you have to accept. Firstly, it’s unlikely that you will ever stumble across that jade bangle, or five carat diamond in the attic, that will make you hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction. Secondly, that your stones and crystals will fall out, that ring will cause you a skin condition, and you will be left with the dilemma of – do I fix it or throw it away? Please click here to read the entire article.


From Ancient Healer to Modern Fertility Aid! - 21 December 2017

As long as human beings have existed we have had a connection to the spiritual, whether in the worship of the land, or the worship of gods in various forms. Part of this connection has always encompassed precious stones and crystals. Early talismans have been found carved from the bones of animals dating back 50,000 years. Please click here to read the entire article.


Glitter in Body Art - How Much is Too Much? - 21 December 2017

Women’s glitzy body art has experienced a meteoric rise of late. From the infamous vajazzle made famous by TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex for the un-initiated!) where jewels and crystals were used in delicate areas, to the more recent examples seen on Love Island, where contestants both male and female adorned each other with adhesive stones made by The Gypsy Shrine, it certainly seems to be here to stay. Please click here to read the entire article.


Crystals are a Girl's Best Friend - 21 December 2017

With Christmas over in a flurry of gift giving, merriment and family fun, the new year beckons, and with it that date that all men love to hate, Valentine’s Day. But, instead of complaining about how commercialised it is, and how you can’t put a value on love, why not just embrace the occasion, make it truly special for the woman in your life – and bank some serious boyfriend points. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Bicone Bead Jewellery - 15 December 2017

What is a bicone bead exactly? Well, as you might guess, it is quite literally a bi-cone! Two multi-faceted cones melded together to create one beautiful bead – called a bicone bead. Our genuine Swarovski bicones are set apart by their rich colour and tone, and by the beautiful precision used in their creation. This bicone design means extra sparkle and light-catching, which makes for simple but beautiful jewellery. Please click here to read the entire article.


Irish Dance Costumes: Pattern Inspiration - 8 December 2017

Getting primed for a dance competition is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. You can forget your nerves and worries, at least for a while, with some creative time working on your costume. Irish dance costumes are incredibly intricate and beautiful, and you want yours to stand out among the rest, as well as reflecting your dancing style. Adding Swarovski crystals can be that final touch you are looking for to complete your outfit. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Crystal Jewellery Ideas - 8 December 2017

Swarovski crystal jewellery is one of our most popular lines at Bluestreak Crystals. As the largest Swarovski range online, the possibilities when it comes to types of jewellery are endless. If you’re looking for a gift for a special person this Christmas, genuine Swarovski crystals are a good place to start! Please click here to read the entire article.


Ballroom Bling with Sew-on Swarovski Crystals - 7 December 2017

We love the fact that when it comes to our Bluestreak Crystals customers, no two are alike. We love seeing our customer creations and their successful Swarovski projects, crystal applications, home-made jewellery kits, and more. From nail art to clothing alteration to costume designs, there are so many ways to incorporate our huge collection of Swarovski products into your life. So, let’s look at some inspiration for some of our most glamorous and glitzy customers: dancers. Please click here to read the entire article.


Winter Glamour with Hotfix Crystals - 4 December 2017

Winter is upon us, but all this layering and covering up doesn’t mean you have to forgo stylishness when the snow comes. Here are some of our favourite ideas, using Swarovski hotfix crystals, to brighten up your wardrobe, accessories, and yourself this winter. Please click here to read the entire article.


Accessorise Your Home - 13 November 2017

Swarovski crystals can seem like a very decadent accessory. Maybe you think they're not for you; creating the look seems too much to pull off. But at Bluestreak Crystals, we have all sorts of Swarovski crystals. These can be for your jewellery, for your clothes, for your accessories, and even for your home. You can add some sparkle to your abode in a creative, dazzling, and easy way. Take a look at some of our best-selling Swarovski home products. Please click here to read the entire article.


Upcycling is the New Shopping - 10 November 2017

At Bluestreak Crystals, we're all about creativity, and we simply love innovative ideas when it comes to upcycling. So what is upcycling and how can you do it? Upcycling is simply taking an old or barely used item and re-purposing it into a useful piece, usually with a few materials to help you. And if you can add Swarovski crystals into the mix, so much the better! Our crystals and Swarovski products are an excellent and easy way to help transform and re-purpose your old items. Please click here to read the entire article.


Getting Started at Craft Fairs - 1 November 2017

If you’re getting into craft fairs, then Bluestreak is a great place for your toolsbeads, and crystals. We have the largest online collection of Swarovski, in all sizes, shapes, and colours. Best of all, we sell both wholesale and small packs, so if you’re a beginner, you can learn what you like and what you need, without investing in too much at once. Please click here to read the entire article.


Bejewelled Looks this Autumn with Sew-on Swarovski - 25 October 2017

Sew-on Swarovski crystals take a little more talent and know-how when you’re adding them to clothes, so it’s always recommended to draw up your design on paper first, placing the crystals in the design you want. You should also practice on an old piece of cloth if you haven’t done this before. For art students and designers, our Swarovski crystals are the perfect tool for your designs. Sew-on crystals may take more time than hotfix or glue-on crystals, but the end result has a more couture look to it. Please click here to read the entire article.


DIY Wedding Ideas for Brides on a Budget - 23 October 2017

Our Swarovski crystals are popular with everyone from art students to young designers, nail art fanatics, hip grannies, and even brides. Weddings are getting more and more expensive these days, and many brides are looking for corners they can cut and DIY projects they can integrate into their weddings. As you can buy in bulk and separately, and we have the largest Swarovski range online, we are the perfect place for brides on a budget. Here are some suggestions for your DIY wedding ideas. Please click here to read the entire article.


Get Creative This Christmas with Swarovski Crystals - 13 October 2017

We hate to be the ones to say it, but Christmas is creeping up again. Okay, so many of you are groaning and rolling your eyes, but plenty of you are early birds who like to be organised, and why not? If you’re on a tighter budget this year, or simply feel like getting more creative, we have a huge stock of Swarovski Crystals that you can buy wholesale or piece by piece. Please click here to read the entire article.


Autumn on Trend with these Crystal Pixie Nail Colours - 4 October 2017

Is there any season richer or more filled with luscious colours than autumn? Autumn 2017 is set to be a beautiful one, with full tones like maple browns, power reds, and navy blues on the plate, as well as subtler hues like pastel pinks, buttery browns, neutral greys, and powder blues to soften things up. So, while you get wrapped up in your coats and scarves, add a little extra colour to your look with our on trend Crystal Pixie nail colour. Please click here to read the entire article.


DIY Swarovski Hair Accessories - 27 September 2017

If you’re looking for that added glamour and sparkle for a special event, an often-forgotten piece of jewellery is the hair accessory. Add a hair accessory into your modern updo, for a little old-world sparkle reminiscent of the 1920s. You will stand out and shine in a crowd of many, and your secret is that you made it yourself! We have a variety of options for your DIY Swarovski hair accessories which are made of real Swarovski crystals for long-lasting chic and elegance. Please click here to read the entire article.


Jewellery Gift Kits for Her - 22 September 2017

Jewellery is a great gift for those special women in your life. With our jewellery kits, you can choose beautiful Swarovski crystal accessories at low prices. You can buy with us online and assemble yourself at home, or give these kits as a gift to someone creative. With these kits, you are buying excellent quality for reasonable prices and each kit comes with detailed, photographic instructions. Whether it’s a romantic gift for your anniversary, a birthday gift for your sister, or a Mother’s Day gift, a jewellery kit is sure to go down a storm. Please click here to read the entire article.


Warm Sparkle This Autumn - 18 September 2017

The cool, crisp wind has settled in and the vibrant colours are everywhere, signalling autumn in its full glory. Everyone is donning long-sleeved shirts, warm jumpers, and hiding under layers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle just as much this season. In fact, Bluestreak Crystals has tonnes of gems and accessories to brighten up your autumnal wardrobe. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Nail Art Designed to Impress - 22nd June 2017

Beauty trends are always changing. Back in the 50s, it was all about red lips, tiny waists and silky curls. The 80s brought blue eyeshadow, hot pink blusher and perms, while the early 2000s were defined by poker straight, highlighted locks and velour leisurewear. The fantastic thing about living in 2017 is that almost every style of beauty look is championed by the fashion mags. Nail art is just one trend that’s begun to be embraced widely. Please click here to read the entire article.


Gift Ideas for Young Crafters - 22nd June 2017

Anyone who’s ever taken up knitting, embroidery, origami or jewellery-making will tell you that crafting is a fantastic hobby. Working with your hands and concentrating on something creative is a great way of relaxing at the weekend or after a hard day at work. It’s also a brilliant way of creating affordable gifts for your friends and family when Christmas or birthdays roll around. Please click here to read the entire article.


Accessorise your Accessories with Swarovski Crystals! - 22nd June 2017

At Bluestreak Crystals, we love bedazzling accessories, and with Swarovski flatback crystals, you can easily personalise your possessions in a few simple steps. We sell our loose crystals in small packs as well as wholesale, for your accessorising pleasure! Please click here to read the entire article.


Jewellery Ideas with Swarovski Pearls - 21st June 2017

There are 101 reasons to start making your own jewellery. You might have a big event coming up that requires some bling (but affordable) accessories. You might want to make some extra money by selling your work online or at a craft market. Or perhaps you’re just seeking a fun hobby that will let you switch off after a long day at work. Please click here to read the entire article.


Creative Ideas for Swarovski Beads - 21st June 2017

Swarovski beads make a great present, and you can put your creativity to work by using our large collection of Swarovski beads to make something a little bit different and personal. One of our most popular choices is of course a charm bracelet. Maybe you or a loved one has an existing charm bracelet that you want to add to – check out our collection of beautiful Swarovski crystal bicones, pearl beads, and spacers to add to your charm bracelet, as well as dangling charms themselves. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Crystal Pixie Nails for Weekend Glam - 21st June 2017

Crystal Pixie is Swarovski’s latest nail art crystals range, and it’s truly gorgeous. So, what exactly is it? Well, there are two kinds: Crystal Pixie Edge which is a mix of tiny diamond-shaped crystals; and Crystal Pixie Petite which is a mix of round and tiny cut crystals. Both of them come in beautifully shaped, majestic bottles. Please click here to read the entire article.


Crafting with Swarovski Crystals - 18th June 2017

Not all of us were born with a gift for crafting – especially when it comes to techniques as complex as crochet, re-upholstery or origami. But the truth is, crafting doesn’t have to be complicated, highly skilled, and reliant on the use of expensive equipment. It just requires some careful planning, a few sensible shortcuts, and easy-to-use materials that give a fantastic finish. Please click here to read the entire article.


Bedazzle Your Dad this Father's Day with Swarovski Crystals - 16th June 2017

Have you remembered that it’s Father’s Day this Sunday? Fear not, there’s still time to get something sorted before the weekend. And before you go checking out your local hardware store for something practical and manly, have you considered something from our Swarovski range? No, we’re not crazy, and we’re not suggesting some sparkly Swarovski pearls for your dad’s earlobes (although that’s cool too!). There are plenty of ways to bedazzle your dad that are practical, and will be appreciated. Please click here to read the entire article.


DIY Charm Bracelets for Summer Charm - 12th June 2017

Fun, flirty, and definitely summery, charm bracelets are a great (and simple) way to accessorise an outfit. With our large collection of sparkly charms – including our stunning Swarovski charms - you can personalise your summer charm bracelet so it’s unique and special to you. Please click here to read the entire article.


Jazz Up Your Jeans with Swarovski Crystals! - 11th June 2017

If there’s one item of clothing that can be found in everyone’s wardrobe it’s a good old pair of jeans. Whether they’re acid wash, boot cut, super skinny, or artfully ripped at the knees, jeans are a necessary fashion staple that can be styled up or down depending on the event. Please click here to read the entire article.


Our Favourite Swarovski Crystal Element Products - 29th May 2017

Swarovski are famous across the world for their gorgeous crystals and additions to stunning dresses and jewellery. Swarovski crystal elements are a great for a variety of things; which we’ll talk about in this article. Our team at Bluestreak Crystals are an accredited provider of Swarovski crystals and can source direct from them. Please click here to read the entire article.


Could Your Mobile Phone Do With A Swarovski Facelift - 25th May 2017

So you’re bored with your usual phone cover, and the unoriginal designs you find online and in phone shops. You want something different, unique, and personal to you. Why not give your phone a facelift with some dazzling Swarovski crystals, which you can personally pick out from our online store? You can give your dull phone cover that extra sparkle that it needs, or start from scratch with a plain cover and fill it completely from top to bottom, for eye-catching bling! Please click here to read the entire article.


How To Make Your DIY Wedding Dress Look Haute Couture - 24th May 2017

The Bluestreak Swarovski range is one of the largest available online in the UK, and offers a huge variety of options when it comes to the design of your wedding dress. For ultimate ease, there are our Hotfix crystals, which come with a flat back and a heat-activated adhesive. All you have to do to attach these to your gown is apply heat with an iron (on a no-steam setting), or a special Hotfix applicator, which you can order through our online store. These gorgeous flatback crystals come in a range of wedding-appropriate colours, including Ivory Cream and White Opal. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Flat Backs Wholesale - 22nd May 2017

Wholesale quantities of crystals can help to keep your shop in supply throughout the year. Our team here at Bluestreak Crystals have a wide range of Swarovski flat backs available in wholesale quantities. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Flat Back Crystals for the Festival Season! - 18 May 2017

Brighten up your festival vibe with some stunning Swarovski crystals this summer. While your outfit may be channeling a grungy, vintage style with retro threads and a 60s handbag, why not mix it up with dazzling, colourful nails that will last all weekend? Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Crystal Pixies - 15th May 2017

Turn your nails into sparkling pieces of art and custom every digit with our Swarovski crystal pixies. As an authorised Swarovski® dealer, we aim to bring the latest colours and styles from them to offer to you. This further extends the selection of hotfix and non hotfix crystals that we offer on our website; we can source specific colours and quantities direct from Swarovski. Please click here to read the entire article.


Where To Use Your Swarovski Nail Crystals - 8th May 2017

Nail and body art crystals are perfect for the incoming festival season and will help to make your nails and body shimmer with an array of colours. Please click here to read the entire article.


Why You Need Swarovski Rhinestone Crystals In Your Set-Up - 1st May 2017

Rhinestone crystals take their name from the River Rhine that runs through Germany’s city Cologne as well as five different countries. Swarovski rhinestone crystals from our team at Bluestreak Crystals are a perfect accessory for your jewellery or clothing designs. Please click here to read the entire article.


Five Reasons To Try Out Our Swarovski Nail And Body Art Crystals - 24th April 2017

Topping off your outfit with our nail and body art can make you stand out from the crowd. At Bluestreak Crystals, we have a wide range of Swarovski nail and body art crystals that are perfect for festivals and parties.Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Hotfix Crystals - 17th April 2017

Swarovski crystals make for a perfect statement piece on home-made jewellery or clothing. At Bluestreak Crystals, we have a wide range of Swarovski hotfix crystals for you to purchase in bulk or in smaller quantities.Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Rhinestones - 10th April 2017

Applying crystals to a design can be the crowning feature for your piece. You can easily attach Swarovski crystals and select from a wide range of colours. At Bluestreak Crystals, we have a wide range of Swarovski rhinestones for all your designing needs. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Cupchains - 3rd April 2017

The wealth of options available to you when you’re creating something new with crystals is endless, and the breadth of colours is enough to make sure you never run out of ideas. At Bluestreak Crystals, we have a huge range of Swarovski Cupchains ready to be used on clothing or jewellery. Please click here to read the entire article.


Where To Buy Swarovski Crystals - 27th March 2017

The pinnacle of fashion and jewellery, crystals are an important and bedazzling statement to any piece. The best quality and well-known crystals available on the market are Swarovski, but you’re probably wondering where to buy Swarovski crystals in the UK? Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Fancy Stones - 20th March 2017 

The prize piece of any designs and costumes should be a stand out crystal. Our huge range of Swarovski fancy stones at Bluestreak Crystals are available to order straight to your door. As a verified Swarovski dealer. Please click here to read the entire article


Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones - 13th March 2017

Rhinestones were originally given their name for the rock crystals found at the bottom of the river Rhine that runs through six countries including Germany and France. The term has developed into a catch-all term for beautiful glass crystals. These are principally Swarovski’s rhinestones made in Austria. Our store at Bluestreak Crystals is jammed full of rhinestone crystals to choose from. Please click here to read the entire article


Swarovski Skull Beads - 6th March 2017

Charm bracelets and necklaces always need a feature piece to top them off. At Bluestreak Crystals, we have two sizes of quality Swarovski skull bead, which look exceptional on jewellery and are available in many colours for the ultimate customisation. Please click here to read the entire article.


Crystallized Swarovski Elements - 27th February 2017

Knowing where to look to find genuine crystallised Swarovski elements for purchase online is a near impossible task. Most of the time you are gambling that the product you’re buying is not a fake good. However, at Bluestreak Crystals. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Crystal Pearls - 20th February 2017

Creating beautiful clothing and accessories can be done in a wide range of ways, and experimenting with Swarovski crystal pearls can mean a stunning finish to your work. From handbags and necklaces to crowning a collar of a shirt, our wide range of pearls at Bluestreak Crystals are perfect. Please click here to read the entire article.


Wholesale Swarovski Crystals - 13th February 2017

Are you a business looking to supply your customers with the best wholesale Swarovski crystals on the market? Or perhaps you’re searching for a new product to sell in your shop? At Bluestreak Crystals, we are an authorised Swarovski dealer and can provide you with the latest crystals direct from. Please click here to read the entire article.


Bluestreak Crystals Authorised Swarovski Retailer for UK - 6th February 2017

If you’re after a last-minute gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, then see how Bluestreak Crystals, one of the UK’s leading dealers of Swarovski Crystals, can help. While finding the perfect gift can be a long, drawn-out process, gifting something for your partner this year is easy with. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Crystal Beads - 30th January 2017

If you’re looking for a leading UK supplier of genuine Swarovski crystals, then call upon Bluestreak Crystals to give you the best quality and range on the market. Our website stocks all the very latest Swarovski crystals in a variety of styles. Please click here to read the entire article.


Swarovski Crystals Product Size Guide
PP 1
SS 000
PP 13
SS 6
PP 25
SS 13
SS 21
SS 33
SS 45
PP 2
SS 00
PP 14
SS 6
PP 26
SS 13
SS 22
SS 34
SS 46
PP 3
SS 0
PP 15
SS 7
PP 27
SS 14
SS 23
SS 35
SS 47
PP 4
SS 1
PP 16
SS 7
PP 28
SS 14
SS 24
SS 36
SS 48
PP 5
SS 2
PP 17
SS 8
PP 29
SS 15
SS 25
SS 37
SS 49
PP 6
SS 2
PP 18
SS 8
PP 30
SS 15
SS 26
SS 38
SS 50
PP 7
SS 3
PP 19
SS 9
2.50-2.60 mm
PP 31
SS 16
3.80-4.00 mm
SS 27
SS 39
SS 55
PP 8
SS 3
PP 20
SS 9
PP 32
SS 17
SS 28
SS 40
SS 60
PP 9
SS 4
PP 21
SS 10
PP 33
SS 17
SS 29
SS 41
SS 65
PP 10
SS 4
PP 22
SS 10
SS 18
SS 30
SS 42
SS 70
PP 11
SS 5
PP 23
SS 11
SS 19
SS 31
SS 43
SS 75
PP 12
SS 5
PP 24
SS 12
SS 20
SS 32


SS 44


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