There are a variety of Rhinestone products on the market today. Whereas once upon a time, they were a naturally occurring resource, now there are many different manufacturers. Quality of the rhinestone depends on the material and the number of facets.
Once rhinestones were a natural resource found along the banks of the Rhine River in Europe. As this natural resource became depleted, the Czech company, Preciosa, developed a way to manufacture rhinestones. Daniel Swarovski originally worked for Preciosa and left to open his own company in 1895. Today, there are many manufacturers of crystal rhinestones.
Crystal rhinestones are laser cut. The number of facets in the rhinestone depends on the manufacturer. For this reason, the greater the number of facets mean the greater the reflection of light. Swarovski Rhinestones have the greatest number of facets in their Xirius rhinestone, 16. Preciosa Rhinestones have 12 facets and then some of the other lesser known brands have 10 or less facets. In addition, crystal rhinestones also have a prismatic effect. When light hits the rhinestones, it acts like a prism breaking up the light into a myriad of colors.
Starting In 2012, Swarovski began manufacturing a new crystal with a patented formula that is lead free. This makes Swarovski CPSIA (The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) compliant. These laws govern consumer products designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. CPSIA specifically limits the amount of lead allowed in children’s products. Having a lead-free product is great for children who participate in activities where rhinestones are used to adorn costumes.
Acrylic rhinestones are different than crystals in that they are molded rather than cut. They usually have 8 facets which reflect light but do not have the prismatic effect. Also, acrylic rhinestones are lead free and the cheapest option for embellishing with rhinestones and are great for children’s products.
All rhinestones come is a variety of colors, shapes and sizes making them extremely versatile. Throwing a girl’s princess party? Some colorful acrylic rhinestones can add some bling. Prom time and your budget is slim? Browse the racks at the thrift store and give your find a boost of sparkle with rhinestones. Not sure where to begin with rhinestones? Here at Rhinestones Etc we’ll help you find the right rhinestone, in the right size and color.