Types of Rhinestones and Grading
Generally, rhinestones receive a grading much like precious gemstones. This set of grades describes the quality of the rhinestone. Similar to valuable stones, rhinestones receive an evaluation based on color, clarity, and cut.
Sometimes, lower grade rhinestones will have inclusions or imperfections. A batch of rhinestones may contain individual pieces with bubbles or fractures. Often, lower grade rhinestones appear cloudy. While some precious gemstones gain value with inclusions, flaws in rhinestones are a sign of a cheaply made component. Moreover, cheaper made rhinestones can yellow or turn black with age.
Generally, consumers think of only name brand rhinestones associated with a high-quality grading. However, some inexpensive rhinestones make the grade delivering top-quality sparkle.
Is Buying the Most Expensive Rhinestone Always Sensible?
Typically, manufacturers create rhinestones from acrylic, glass, or crystal. Usually, you can easily differentiate between some of the types of rhinestones just by looking at them.
For example, acrylic rhinestones create minimal sparkle due to its diffuse reflective properties. The facets scatter the light at many angles. Glass has spectacular reflective properties with the light reflecting back all at the same angle for greater sparkle. However, glass lacks the prismatic quality of crystal. This is the ability to take light and bend it creating more brilliance.
Sometimes, you may want to use lower quality rhinestones for children’s craft projects. Other times, like jewelry making, only top-quality will do.
Often, the difference between name brand and lesser-known grade rhinestones is the number of facets. Facets are small, flat surfaces manufacturers cut into crystal to create scintillation. Generally, the number of facets and their arrangement is responsible for the crystal’s optical performance of generating sparkle and shine.
Meet the PriceLess Rhinestone
Certainly, for some shoppers, only a name brand will do. Purchasing a name brand gives a guarantee of a quality product. Yet, many consumers are simply looking for a cost-effective way to add excitement with bling.
Furthermore, among crystal rhinestone manufacturers, you can find some quality bling for a lot less than a name brand. One of these is the PriceLess Rhinestone. Featuring 12 precise machine cut facets of the highest crystal, it sparkles beautifully under the lights. Moreover, it’s available in dozens of sparkling colors and several rhinestone sizes.
Where Do I Buy Rhinestones?
Rhinestones Etc. has been selling quality embellishments at discount prices for over a decade. With outstanding customer service and fast shipping, we want to be your source for sparkle. Check out our selection of colors and let us help you dazzle.
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