An idea was initiated by George Frederic Stras which created method of rhinestones that was by metal-coating the backs of clear crystals. Daniel Swarovski another technician gave advancement to this technique to simulate the gemstones and later on enabled them to produce it in quantity and hence popularity of rhinestones increased. Initially they were used as substitute for diamonds on jewellery and later on developed with different colors and shapes.
Today, rhinestones are mostly produced in Austria and are very cheap .They are created by acrylics, glass, gem quartz or paste. With its feature Cheap rhinestones been used for jewellery especially for rings to wear in wedding ceremonies for bride and groom both. As rhinestones are very much affordable for most people and are too available as Discount Rhinestones, they are used for decoration too. Fashion Designers glitter the eveningwear and daywear with its unique feature of shimmering. Decorated over expensive clothing and jewelry pieces, it’s become a hot entity in antiques.
Size ofRhinestone are termed by SS number as SS=Stone size. The bigger in its diameter, the more flash it has and vice versa. Some of sizes are available like: 5SS = 1.8mm, 6SS = 2mm, 7SS - 2.2mm, 8SS = 2.4mm, 9SS = 2.6mm 10SS = 2.8mm and so on.
In 1891 Daniel Swarovski invented a new glass cutting machine which revolutionized jewelry business and thus invented Machine Cut Rhinestones. Swarovski is the finest Machine Cut Rhinestones which comes in various types such as Flat Back, Hot-Fix, Flat Back Uncoated and Transparent Hot-Fix. Czech Preciosa Machine Cut Rhinestones they are harder and more cheaply then Swarovski Rhinestone mostly desirable for clothing for “flash” look.
Korean Rhinestones are available from Korea and are the largest suppliers of glass rhinestones.For decorating apparel, Korean Machine Cut Stones Hot Fix type is used and is the best option.