For decades, Swarovski has been an icon among rhinestone manufacturers. Many consumers choose this name brand over all other rhinestone types. However, declining profits amid a global pandemic has caused Swarovski to re-evaluate its manufacturing. Currently, the company is undergoing restructuring including a 20% reduction in its workforce.
In addition to reducing its workforce, Swarovski is eliminating portions of its business. By November 2021, the company will no longer produce Swarovski crystal components, such as crystal rhinestones, for resale. This means individuals will no longer be able to purchase Swarovski rhinestones from retailers. However, the company plans to continue to produce components for high end luxury brands.
If you’re a diehard Swarovski fan, what does this mean to you? Production of some crystal components will continue until November 2021. However, there will be stock shortages caused by their reduced workforce and factory production. Additionally, for a time there will still be some older stock available through Swarovski Authorized Resellers. Yet, the bottom line is, soon you won’t be able to purchase Swarovski Rhinestones.
However, comparable rhinestones will still be available. Currently, Preciosa has no plans for reducing its workforce and will continue its ongoing production. Plus, there are many quality lower priced crystal rhinestones to fill in the gap.
The Preciosa Brand Equals Superb Quality
With Swarovski Rhinestones out of the retail picture, Preciosa may emerge from its shadow. Although equal to Swarovski in quality, Swarovski has dominated the market as the premier rhinestone brand. Yet, Preciosa is the oldest manufacturer of rhinestones with over 500 years of tradition. Moreover, it was Bohemian glassmakers who created the first cut crystal stone, the Chaton, in 1715. Daniel Swarovski didn’t start his company until 1895.
Today, Preciosa continues its innovative tradition with over 35,000 premium products. You can find rhinestones, jewelry stones, beads, pendants, and pearls in the company’s inventory. Plus, the craftsmanship is equal to Swarovski. Preciosa’s Maxima Rhinestone is lead free with a refractive index equal to leaded crystal. With 15 precision cut facets, craftsmen designed this rhinestone for intense scintillation.
You can find Preciosa crystal in flatback, hotfix, or sew-on rhinestones. With a multitude of colors, you’ll find a wide range of captivating colors and coatings. Moreover, these sparkling crystal colors come in over 200 rhinestones sizes and a variety of shapes.
Furthermore, Preciosa adheres to all crystal industry standards. Additionally, products conform to ASTM standards and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Rhinestones Etc. will be stocking the Maxima in the coming weeks.
There Are Many Lesser-Known Inexpensive Quality Rhinestone Manufacturers
In the past few years, non-brand name manufactures have proliferated the market. The Asian markets in particular, began producing a large quantity of rhinestones. Keep in mind that these manufacturers may produce either glass or crystal rhinestones.
Although much cheaper in price, glass rhinestones lack the prismatic quality of crystal. Crystal has the ability to bend light producing rainbows. However, both have reflective properties through the facets and coating on the back.
One particular less expensive crystal rhinestone that we love is the PriceLess. Made from the highest-grade crystal, these rhinestones are machine cut, hand polished, and inspected for quality. You’ll find consistent hue with no bubbles or cloudiness.
Moreover, these rhinestones cost a lot less than comparable brands. Plus, PriceLess are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Currently, we have a few of these rhinestones in stock and plan to increase our offerings in the upcoming weeks.
There Are More Rhinestone Types Than Just Swarovski
While it’s sad to see Swarovski rhinestones leave the retail market, it does provide an opportunity to discover new products. Many of these products produce exceptional scintillation and brilliance at a lower price.
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Have you ever purchased an article of clothing that you absolutely loved? And whenever you wore it you felt exquisitely beautiful? Wearing a piece of clothing that makes you feel that way can give you confidence. Like when you enter a social event and people look at you approvingly.
However, continually buying costly additions to your wardrobe can cause serious issues in your budget. Creating beautiful bedazzling clothing is one way to update your wardrobe and stay trendy. By adding rhinestones, you create a new eye-catching look. And it’s simple to do.
You Can Bling Out Any Article of Clothing
You can bedazzle any type of clothing including dresses, shirts, jeans, handbags, and shoes. And why stop there? Rhinestones can enhance sunglasses, keychains, and barrettes. All you need are a few simple tools: adhesive, tweezers or embellishment tool, and of course rhinestones.
Which Adhesive Is the Best?
There are several really good adhesives you can use. Gem-Tac, Fabri-Tac, and E6000 are just a few of the more popular ones. Just make sure your glue is washable, dries clear, and is suitable for whatever material you’re blinging.
For example, some adhesives won’t adhere adequately to leather. Some others aren’t suitable for use with acrylic rhinestones. Be sure to check the glue’s application guidelines before you start your project. Otherwise, you glue choice is just a matter of preference.
The Technique for Gluing Rhinestones Is Vital
Many people focus solely on using the right adhesive. And while using a good glue is important, the technique for gluing rhinestones is equally important. Failure to create a good seal around your rhinestones may cause them to fall off.
So, how do you apply rhinestone crystals to fabric? Rhinestones need a seal to keep them from peeling off. Thus, some glue should seep out from the edges of the rhinestone when you press it into the glue drop. Typically, your glue drop should be slightly smaller to the exact size of your rhinestone. Then allow your garment to dry flat for 24 hours.
What Other Tools Should I Have?
Like many other projects, there are a lot of extra tools you can buy. While they do make bedazzling clothing easier, you can begin with just a few simple ones. First, you need something to use to pick up the rhinestones. Tweezers are an inexpensive tool most people have at home. Although tweezers work adequately, you must continually remove glue build up from the tips. Plus, be careful not to squeeze the tweezers too hard or your crystal may go flying.
Wax pick-up tools make applying rhinestones straightforward and uncomplicated. The rhinestones stick to the wax tip and easily dislodge into the glue. Some simple style tools are inexpensive at about $3. While other more sophisticated products like the Krystal Katana are about $25.00.
Sorting trays and syringes for glue are nice to have but not essential when you start out. You can purchase these items later on if you decide to do more bling projects.
Bedazzled Clothing Is Easy and Fun to Make
So, what are you waiting for? Creating bedazzled clothing is fun and easy to do. And you’ll look great in your blinged out clothing.
Do you need to purchase some rhinestones? We have a nice selection of Swarovski rhinestones at discount prices! With fast shipping and great customer service, we want to be your source for rhinestones.
Whatever type of product you buy, there’s a level of quality. Apparel, houses, cars, and many other things have characteristics that distinguish them from others of the same type. It’s these traits that also determine the price you’ll pay. For example, there is a big price difference between buying a handbag made from vinyl or one from leather. Rhinestones aren’t any different from other products. Different characteristics influence production and hence cost. Some factors that affect rhinestone pricing are raw material, size, shape, color, and cut
Generally, there are 3 basic classifications for the types of rhinestones available: crystal, glass, and plastic. Yet, even among manufacturers that use similar raw materials and techniques, there are price differences. Understanding these differences can help you pick the best rhinestone for your project.
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