Are you new to using rhinestones? Then you are probably scratching your head over rhinestones sizes. Rhinestones are typically measured in “ss” sizes. Just what does “ss” mean and how big is it? You’ve heard of inches and millimeters but “ss” has you stumped.
Years ago, there were naturally occurring sparkling quartz found along the banks of the Rhine River in Europe. These quartz or stone pieces were measured in” stone sizes” abbreviated to “ss”. Over time, this natural resource was depleted, and companies learned to manufacture rhinestones. Of course, the system of measurement using stone sizes was kept.
How do I know what size I need?
The smaller the number next to the “ss”, the smaller the rhinestones. For example, a size 6ss rhinestone is about the size of a head of a pin. A size 34ss is slightly larger than an eraser on a pencil. Most companies will list millimeter size alongside the “ss” size. As to which size you should use depends on the project you are working on
Smaller size rhinestones are perfect to nail design. After applying nail polish, use a nail glue and top coat to secure the rhinestones on finger nails. For competition outfits such as dance and skating, larger size rhinestones generally work better. Rhinestoning shoes? Use a medium size rhinestone such as 16ss or 20ss. Sometimes, you may even need several rhinestone sizes to complete your project.
Rhinestones Conversion Chart
Below is a conversion chart from ss to millimeters:
ss mm ss mm ss mm
3 1.4 8 2.35 20 4.7
4 1.6 9 2.65 30 6.41
5 1.8 10 2.85 34 7.17
6 2.0 12 3.1 40 8.54
7 2.15 16 3.9 48 11.11
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