WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF RHINESTONES?
Last Updated: 02/25/2020
All rhinestones are carefully and meticulously cut glass--or crystal--and have a foil backing with lead content to enhance the reflectiveness and brilliance. However, not all rhinestones are Swarovski nor are they all Austrian Crystal, which may be confusing. Rhinestones other than Swarovski are generally Czech, Korean, Acrylic, or Plastic.
The highest quality rhinestones by far are genuine Swarovski Rhinestones. Much like champagne, only rhinestones made specifically by the Swarovski company can be labeled Swarovski. Swarovski rhinestones are made of lead crystal with eight or fourteen facets.
Rhinestone Cuts and Sizes
Rhinestones come in a multitude of different shapes, sizes, and colors. The cut of the rhinestone greatly influences its brilliance!
* Rhinestones with more facets reflect more than those cut with fewer facets.
* Rhinestones cut with fewer facets will flash straight on more than those cut with a higher number of facets.
* Eight-facet rhinestones combine the best of both worlds.