To make crystal, glass components are mixed with lead. In doing so, the glass becomes clearer and inherits a prismatic effect. The Prismatic effect is the ability to take light and break it up like a prism. This is one of the primary reasons for choosing crystal over glass.
The Prismatic Effect is One Difference Between Glass and Crystal Rhinestones
Crystal rhinestones (with the exception of Swarovski, but I’ll get to that in a minute) are produced in the same manner. Lead is mixed with glass components to make crystal. Then, shapes and facets are cut into the crystal to make rhinestones. Glass rhinestones are, well, just glass.
Since 2012, Swarovski has been making rhinestones without lead with a patented a formula. Equally important is that Swarovski Rhinestones have lost none of their sparkle or prismatic effect. Moreover, this also means that Swarovski Rhinestones are CPSIA compliant and are safe for use with children. CPSIA laws govern the amount of lead allowed in children’s products because as we know, exposure to lead causes health issues.
Glass rhinestones are cheaper than crystal and may be just the rhinestone for your project. Although glass rhinestones do not have the prismatic effect, the facets will reflect light. When considering your next project, think about the comparison between regular glass stemware and Waterford stemware. After that, make your choice.
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