Most people have heard of color theory, guidelines explaining how to mix, match, or contrast different hues. Generally, you can apply these principles to fashion too. Typically, wearing a particular color says something significant about your personality. Moreover, wearing bedazzled clothing adds a layer of self-expression similar to accessorizing your outfit. Yet, when you create DIY blinged out outfits, do you have trouble choosing rhinestone colors for your project?
Rhinestone Color Categories Offered By Most Manufacturers
Rhinestones trace their history back to the 1700s when Bohemian glassmakers created the world’s first chaton. A cut crystal with a mirror like backing, the chaton quickly took the world by storm. Today, you’ll find manufacturers offering rhinestone shades in 4 basic categories:
A clear stone, crystal is the first manufactured rhinestone making its appearance around 1775. At that time, jewelers cut facets into the crystal and then coated the backside with a metal powder. This backside coating acted as a mirror to reflect incoming light. The result? Outstanding sparkle that closely resembled diamonds.
Diamonds weren’t the only sought after gemstones. The ruby, emerald, and topaz were also very popular. In an effort to replicate other gemstones besides diamonds, glassmakers experimented with adding different metal compounds. Jewelers added copper, chromium, cobalt, and iron to create imitations of other rare precious gemstones.
3. Crystal AB
It was 1956 when fashion designer, Christian Dior, collaborated with rhinestones innovator, Swarovski. Dior was looking to create a new rhinestone that would take inspiration from nature. Together, they created the AB rhinestone, crystal with an application of iridescent metallic coating. This coating produced a rainbow effect reminiscent of the Northern Lights.
4. Color AB
The AB coating isn’t limited to just crystal rhinestones. Manufacturers also add this iridescent coating to many of their standard colors. Ultimately, you have the rainbow effect on the surface while the underneath standard color shines through.
5 Shimmer AB
In the last few years, some manufacturers have begun offering Shimmer AB rhinestone colors. This coating is a lighter AB effect that shows the underneath color more vibrantly.
6. Special Effect Coatings
You’ll also find a few rhinestones with a special effect coating on them. Usually, manufacturers use these coatings to give the rhinestones a metallic look. The color Aurum is one such example of a rhinestone with a thin layer of 24-carat gold on top.
Bedazzled Clothing And Choosing Rhinestone Colors
Now that we’ve gone over the basic terminology of rhinestone colors, it’s time to discuss color theory. Colors have varying levels of saturation or degrees of intensity. When choosing a hue, you’ll also want to consider the temperature or perceived warmth of a color. Remember, color is a personal experience and your preference for a certain shade will reflect your individual taste.
If you’re looking for a pop of accent color, you’ll need to choose a complementary color for your garment. Complementary colors are exactly opposite on the color wheel. This contrast makes both hues appear more vibrant. For example, blue and orange are complementary.
Other times, you may want to blend hues. At these times, pick colors similar to each other or different shades of the same hue. When choosing rhinestone colors, you may want to incorporate AB or Shimmer with a standard color.
Finally, the use of a triadic color scheme will create a bold, vibrant, and eye-catching garment. For this combination, choose one dominant color and 2 accent colors spaced equally apart on the color wheel. Some examples of triadic colors are purple, green, and orange or red-violet, yellow-orange, and blue-green.
FAQs About Rhinestones
We love to answer any questions you have about rhinestones. Below, we’ve answered a few commonly asked ones.
Do Different Manufacturers Use The Same Color Names?
Sometimes, certain companies will use the same color names for a particular hue. For example, a popular name for red is Light Siam. However, different companies produce slightly different shades even if they use the same name.
Should I Find Color Variations In A Rhinestone?
Occasionally, with cheaply manufactured rhinestones, you may find color variation within the rhinestone and between batches. However, here at Rhinestones Etc. we sell only high-quality crystal rhinestones with consistent hues in every product.
How Many Rhinestones Are In A Gross?
One gross has 144 rhinestones.
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Quick Guide: What are AB Rhinestones?
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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How to Choose a Rhinestone Color
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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