Usually, most people use round rhinestones for their bling projects. Available in many sizes and colors, this shape offers the greatest versatility. Yet, many rhinestone manufacturers make other rhinestone shapes. With different facet arrangements, other cuts can enhance your design.
Common Rhinestone Shapes
Today, like diamonds, the round shape is the most popular rhinestone shape. However, other interesting cuts are also available. Whether you’re creating jewelry, bedazzling clothing, or some other project, different shapes can add another dimension to your creation. From classic to novel cuts, unique shapes have varying faceting patterns that react to light differently.
This shape resembles the round rhinestone but offers the illusion of a larger crystal. Its rounded curves with elongated dimensions can create a unique look to your design.
Another shape that adds the illusion of length is the pear. With a sharp top point and rounded lower half, this shape mimics a teardrop.
With parallel faceting, this elegant shape allows light to disperse in unique ways. Some manufacturers will produce this shape with sharp lines and angles. Others round the curves to create the cushion cut so named because it looks like a pillow.
Sometimes called a marquise, the navette cut is oval shaped with both ends pointed. This shape offers maximum sparkle and reflection of light.
A slender rectangular shape, the baguette offers a modern and contemporary look. Its shape adds visual interest to any design especially when paired with a round shape.
The rhombus is a diamond-like shape with sharp angles and lines. With a multi-faceted surface, it flashes beautiful brilliance.
Another angular rhinestone is the triangle. This unique shape is especially striking when paired with square or baguette rhinestones.
Although a round rhinestone, a Rivoli has vertical facets from the edge to the center with a pointed top. Originally, manufacturers created a point on both sides. However, today you’ll also find the flat backed foiled Rivoli.
Designing With Geometric Rhinestone Shapes
To understand how manufacturers developed the various shapes, you need to know the history of glassmaking and gem cutting. Beginning in the late Renaissance Period, artisan glassmakers began to cut crystal to replicate more expensive gemstones. These artisans attempted to copy the facet arrangements and shapes of gemstones to optimize light reflection and refraction.
During the Art Deco (1919 to 1939) period, gem cutters introduced the baguette, triangle, and square gemstone shapes. These new cuts offered contrasting forms of geometric patterns in jewelry making. Of course, the glassmakers copied these cuts in rhinestone manufacturing to offer different movements of light. Moreover, as gem cutters experimented and introduced new techniques, glassmakers imitated them.
Today, rhinestone manufacturers continue to create new and innovative shapes. You’ll find acrylic, glass, or crystal rhinestones in an assortment of geometrical shapes.
FAQs About Rhinestone Shapes
Using different shapes can add new dimensions to your bling project. Geometric shapes are visually appealing and add a layer of interest to dance customers, skating wear, shoes, or jewelry. Have some other questions? You can contact us here. Below, we answer a few commonly asked ones.
What Rhinestone Colors Are Available in the Various Shapes?
Typically, you can find virtually any round rhinestone color. However, the availability of colors in shapes depends upon the manufacturer and the shape.
Are Different Quantities Available?
Generally, the quantities offered depend on the retailer. Often, stores will buy in bulk and sell rhinestones in smaller amounts.
Where Can I Buy Rhinestones?
Rhinestones Etc. has been selling quality embellishments since 2011. We have fast processing times so you get your stones quickly. Browse our online store and find the perfect shape and color for your project.
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