You’ve been browsing online looking for some good quality rhinestones. As you look at sellers on Amazon, Ebay or the web, you find that there is a big difference in the pricing. In addition, some have brand names attached to them. Others you see are marked MC quality while others are marked DMC. Just what are MC and DMC and how do you know if you are getting quality rhinestones?
Brand Name Rhinestones
Famous brand name rhinestones, Swarovski and Preciosa, have been around for a long time. Since they are established companies, their quality is assured. And they are the most expensive as well. Brand name rhinestones are laser cut from a single piece of crystal. However, rhinestone manufacturers have emerged in Asia, particularly Korea and China. These manufacturers have labeled their product, DMC and MC. So, what is the difference in quality between the name brands and Machine Cut Rhinestones?
Diamante Machine Cut and Machine Cut
DMC stands for Diamante Machine Cut. Diamante rhinestones generally refer to Korean made rhinestones. These rhinestones can be glass or crystal.
MC are Chinese made and are also machine cut rhinestones. Chinese rhinestones can also be crystal or glass.
While Asian rhinestones are machine cut, there is more to the quality of the rhinestone than just machine cut. There is a noticeable difference between glass rhinestones and crystal rhinestones. Glass is made by mixing silica sand, limestone and soda ash. Mix glass components with lead or in lead free crystal barium oxide, potassium oxide or zinc oxide to make crystal. Crystal has a prismatic effect which has the ability to break light up much like a prism.
Color and clarity of a rhinestone are also very important. Imagine buying a lot of rhinestones and the color is slightly off or the rhinestone is cloudy. Furthermore, the number of facets in each rhinestone determines the quality. The greater the number of facets, the greater the reflection of light.
Whereas it is difficult to determine the quality of rhinestones online, you should be able to easily tell the difference if buying in person. If buying online, check out the reviews of the seller before buying. While this is helpful, customers have different perception of quality. When quality is very important to you, stay with a brand name rhinestone. If price is very important to you, then you will probably be happy with daimante rhinestones.
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