Sometimes you want to add a little sparkle to something: a handbag, dress or shores. Are rhinestones expensive to add a little bling? It really depends on several factors. There are different colors, shapes and sizes as well as manufacturers that affect the price of rhinestones.
The Factors that Determine the Price of Rhinestones
First, there are different types of rhinestones. There are crystal, glass and acrylic rhinestones. Crystal rhinestones are the most expensive, followed by glass and then acrylic. Acrylic rhinestones are molded and cheapest to produce. Glass rhinestones are cut but do not have the prismatic effect that crystal produce.
Facets are another factor in determining price. The premier rhinestone manufacturer, Swarovski, is the most expensive rhinestones available and with good reason. Their round rhinestone, the Xirius rhinestone has the most facets of any rhinestone, 16. Czech Preciosa, the oldest rhinestones manufacturer, has a 12 faceted rhinestone. Other less expensive rhinestones have 10 facets.
Color also affects the price of the rhinestone as well. Crystal, or clear, is the cheapest. Standard colors are a bit more expensive followed by Aurore Boreale colors. AB colors are standard colors covered in a rainbow color giving it an iridescent look. Aurum is the most expensive color available as it is covered in a thin layer of gold. The carat of gold used depends on the manufacturer. Swarovski uses 24 carat gold.
Crystal Standard Color Crystal AB AB Color
Shape is another determining factor is price. Round is the most common and the least expensive shape. Simple shapes such as navette or pear are less expensive than more intricate shapes such as moon or heart.
Finally, the size of the rhinestone affects the price of rhinestones. Of course, the smaller the rhinestone the lower the price. Likewise, the larger the rhinestone, the more expensive.
So next time you are trying to decide on what rhinestones to buy, consider the above factors. All of those factors: manufacturer, color, shape and size affect the price of rhinestones. If you still have any questions about these factors that make rhinestones expensive, feel free to contact Rhinestone Etc. We’ll be happy to help.
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