In 2017, Jennifer Lopez received a bling cup as a gift. Since then, the superstar orders a cup for every occasion fueling the bling craze. However, for most of us, this habit is too expensive. Luckily, it’s simple to create your own. Yet, a beginner may have trouble deciding between the many rhinestone sizes available.
You can find rhinestones from the size of a pinhead to the size of a quarter. With so many options, how do you choose the perfect size? Let’s look at some factors that can help you decide.
How Many Rhinestones Will I Need?
Typically, the most popular shape of rhinestones is the round cut. Moreover, most blinged out template projects will use round rhinestones. However, you can also find these embellishments in many different shapes. Other shapes can change the direction of the light for movement and contrast. Combining shapes like square, baguette, or navette can change the effect and overall finish of your design.
Today, we’ll be talking about round rhinestones. First, consider the sort of project you’re about to undertake. Is it for an adult or a child? For example, if you plan to rhinestone something for a child, you might want to use 12ss or 16ss. While if the project is for an adult, you probably want to use a bigger size like 20ss or 30ss.
Generally, your choice of rhinestone size will impact how many you’ll need. For instance, smaller rhinestones will cover less area per stone. Thus, you’ll need to purchase a greater number of smaller-sized rhinestones than larger ones to cover a particular space.
Additionally, it’ll take you less time to apply bigger sizes. However, larger rhinestones are also more expensive than smaller ones.
Style of Your Rhinestone Design
Creating a rhinestone design is only limited by your imagination. You can bling out logos, sayings, and pictures to create beautiful clothing and accessories. Moreover, you use rhinestones on water bottles, key fobs, and virtually anything else.
Usually, the spacing also helps to determine your quantity. You can place the end to end for an unbroken line. However, putting a little space between your stones can significantly lower the amount you’ll need.
Often, using a template can make figuring out the number of rhinestones you need easier especially if it’s an outline. Simply measure the shape of the picture or word you want to use as a design.
Sometimes curves or bends in your design may leave gaps. Thus, you may want to use some smaller size crystals to fill in these spaces. Using different size rhinestones also can give depth to your illustration.
FAQs about Rhinestones Sizes
Usually, you’ll need to purchase rhinestones online. With the added expense of shipping costs, you want to figure out the exact number of rhinestones you’ll need. Plus, if you’re an occasional crafter, you probably don’t want any extra rhinestones laying around once you’ve finished your project. To help you with your purchase, we’ve answered a few commonly asked questions.
Why Do Manufacturers Use “ss” to Describe Rhinestone Size?
The “ss” designation goes back to when natural rhinestones existed. When collectors picked up this natural resource, they sorted their finds by stone size or “ss”. This designation has remained long after the gem hunters have depleted these natural stones.
If you’re not familiar with this type of measurement, you’re not alone! That’s why retailers also give sizes in millimeters.
Is There A Standard Quantity Size?
Occasionally, you can find vendors selling rhinestones in different quantities, but typically retailers sell rhinestones by the gross. One gross is equal to 144 pieces.
Here at Rhinestones Etc. we sell packages in 1 gross and 10 gross packages.
Where Can I Buy Quality Rhinestones?
Since 2011, Rhinestones Etc. has been selling quality rhinestones. We have excellent customer service and fast processing times. Plus, we have a large selection of rhinestone colors. Browse our online store before you begin your next bling project.
I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.