The Magpie's Jewel Box

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Cartier Winter Tale

Here is a great Christmas film called Winter Tale from the French jeweller and watchmaker, Cartier.  I like the fact that you can click on each item featured to stop the film and find out more. This will particularly appeal to all you (big) cat lovers. Enjoy!

Photo: Derk Stenvers

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Swarovski Christmas Trees

As Christmas seems to have started already, I have retrieved from my cupboard the small but beautifully formed crystal Swarovski Christmas tree ornament that I purchased two years ago in Salzburg. It cost a ridiculous amount (€60) but it’s absolutely beautiful and I love it.

It stands 2cm/5” tall and has a satin ribbon so that you can hang it from a Christmas tree branch (or from anything else, for that matter). It doesn’t seem to be available to buy direct from the Swarovski website but I have seen it advertised on various eBay stores at around £50.

In the meantime,  two 12 foot Swarovski Christmas trees have been unveiled at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 – draped in more than 2,000 sparkling decorations. If, like me, you won’t be passing through Heathrow this Christmas, you might like to check out this video which shows a giant Swarovski Christmas tree that was on display at Zurich train station in December 2010.  This was draped in 7,000 crystal decoratations! That’s serious Christmas sparkle!