Have you ever had the opportunity to be far up North to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights? If so, then you know the beautiful display they put on every night. Colors such as green, pink, red, yellow, blue and violet dance in the night sky. This phenomenon is caused by charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere colliding with gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. As a result, there is a stunning display of spectacular dancing colors in the sky.
AB Rhinestone Color Explained
To replicate this phenomenon, rhinestone manufactures developed the AB or Aurore Boreale rhinestone. AB rhinestones are a beautiful display of colors very similar to the Northern Lights. To put it simply, this rhinestone is a base color with an iridescent coating over it. The result is an ever changing color rhinestone. As the light catches the rhinestone, different colors are reflected back much like the changing colors of the Northern Lights. In addition, AB rhinestones, pick up the color of the fabric you place the stone on. Therefore, their color reflection will change based on the background. It’s for this reason that AB rhinestones are so popular, for their ability to change color.
AB Rhinestone Colors Available
As previously mentioned, AB rhinestones are popular. The most popular AB rhinestone is the crystal AB. This rhinestone is a base crystal with an AB coating. The crystal base matches any color it’s used with. In addition, this rhinestone picks up the color it’s paired with while reflecting a myriad of other colors.
Swarovski Crystal AB Rhinestone
There is a great variety of standard colors coated with the AB coating. Lighter AB colors such as Fuchsia AB reflect more of the rainbow effect and more colors. Darker colors such as Jet AB or reflect less. However, all AB colors reflect more than just their base color.
Swarovski Fuchsia AB Rhinestone Swarovski Jet AB Rhinestones
Swarovski has over 30 different AB colors as does Preciosa while Lux offers just under 30. These rhinestones offer you a wide selection of choices, so you are sure to find the color you need. If you need help choosing the right color for your project, just ask. We’re also happy to assist you!
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Which rhinestone color should I use?
I sometimes get questions about selecting the perfect color for specific projects. Generally, it’s more of a preference of how you want your piece to look, but there are a few things to consider when selecting your color. If possible, use a rhinestone color chart to help you with your choice.
All rhinestones provide sparkle but choosing the color will determine whether the rhinestone will stand out or blend in with the surrounding color.
Crystal is a clear rhinestone that will look great with any color. Here, crystal is shown on different color backgrounds.
Crystal AB is a clear rhinestone with an Aurore Boreale (AB) coating that gives the rhinestone a rainbow look. AB rhinestones are great at reflecting off the surrounding color.
Choosing a rhinestone the same color as the background will provide sparkle while blending in. A contrasting color will stand out while providing sparkle.
AB colors are the original color with the AB coating and this adds a bit of pop to the rhinestone so that how the light hits the rhinestone will depend on whether it stands out or blends in.
I hope my brief explanation of colors helps you with your next project. If you still have questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com
Pantone has announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery!
Green is a secondary color made by mixing blue, a primary cool color with yellow, another primary warm color creating green which has both properties and is the color of harmony.
Greenery is soothing and restful and a symbol of spring, the color of nature.
Pair it with other shades of green, lavender or tans and beige.
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