I have a collection of gorgeous high-end crystal ornaments that I am, unfortunately, having to sell on e-Bay to pay bills (this is a tough year for us). I had collected the annual Swarovski crystal stars and the annual crystal angels. I also have several of Swarovski's novelty Christmas ornaments, like a crystal Santa (with platinum touches), a clip-on crystal bird, and several others that are just not coming to mind at the moment that I'll be selling. I am also selling my beautiful Swarovski tree topper (a large crystal star).
So, that is why I listed both an angel and a star as my topper! I have a pretty angel dressed in white that I bought either at Wal-mart or Target years ago and I will be using that to top our tree this year.
I also have the Waterford annual crystal snowflakes and annual stars, amongst many other Waterford crystal shapes. Those are going up for auction on e-Bay, too. I do have a few crystal ornaments here and there from other high-end crystal makers, but Swarovski and Waterford were the main brands that I collected.
Oh, and I have several of Smith & Hawken's gorgeous crystal garlands, plus some beautiful hand-blown glass icicles and hand-blown clear ornaments.
I prefer a tree with white lights and clear ornaments because I LOVE the frosty winter look. It is ravishingly elegant. My tree was a real show-stopper and looked like something out of a fairy-tale.
But, ya know, I can recreate a similar (though less dazzling) look with much cheaper clear glass ornaments.