Created to mimic the expensive diamonds, rhinestones are crystals or glass stones cut carefully and accurately, sustained by a support with lead content, that highlights your brightness and light. You can find many different shapes, sizes, colors and types of these pebbles.
The name rhinestone appeared in 1775, when the jeweler George Friedrich Strass discovered a process to imitate diamonds by using metal powder to coat the bottom of glass stones. The new process increased the complexity, shine and reflective qualities of glass. The popularity of the gem increased continuously and, finally, spread all over Europe, becoming known as rhinestones.
Today the rhinestones are made of glass, acrylic or rock crystals and come in two forms: faceted and cabochon. Your support, which is metal or puff pastry, reflects the light and makes the stone has an additional glow. They are recognized worldwide and often used in costumes or in the manufacture of jewelry.
The Swarovski rhinestones are made specifically for the Swarovski company and are considered top of the line because of your high quality. The Austrian Daniel Swarovski revolutionized the jewelry business in 1891 with your invention of glass cutting machine, cutting cut glass with glitter, surpassing any hand-cut crystal. This development made it possible to produce a beautiful stone finished more quickly. Known as rhinestones Swarovski “, this process continues to be used worldwide.