SWAROVSKI RHINESTONE SIZES AD COLORS
Last Updated: 02/25/2020
Rhinestones are sold in many sizes, but the larger sizes have fewer colors, as there is less demand. Rhinestones are designated using the abbreviation "ss" (Stone Size).
Rhinestones stone sizes are as follows:
* ss08 = 2.3 mm
* ss10 = 2.8 mm
* ss12 = 3.1 mm
* ss16 = 3.9 mm
* ss20 = 4.7 mm
* ss30 = 6.4 mm
* ss34 = 7.1 mm
* ss40 = 8.9 mm
* ss42 = 9.1 mm
* ss48 = 11 mm
Rhinestones come in a huge variety of colors, which can be confusing. Every year more colors are offered. Rhinestone colors can be broken down into four basic categories:
This is the traditional diamond look-a-like. These rhinestones are clear, with no color. This is the most commonly seen rhinestone.
These are semiprecious gem colors. These rhinestone colors are often named after the gem they imitate such as: Emerald (green), Peridot (lime or apple green), Sapphire (royal blue), Amethyst (purple), etc. If the name has 'Light' before it, it is a paler version of the color.
AB rhinestones are produced by adding an Aurora Borealis coating to the stone. The coating creates a prism effect in light refraction, reflecting all colors of the rainbow. The base color usually shows through, but sometimes the coating completely changes the color of the stone. For example, Jet AB is not black, but shines green. Crystal AB is the result of an AB coating on a crystal rhinestone and casts mild colors in all ranges. Swarovski AB coatings reflect blues, greens, reds, and golds; Czech stones reflect more golds and yellows; Korean stones don't have AB coatings.
Effect colored rhinestones come in special colors and are produced by polarization of the glass. These stones usually reflect two or more colors, depending on the direction of the light or the light source. Both Czech and Swarovski produce these stones, but Swarovski has more variety.