Crystal Rhinestones is a simulation of diamond originally made from rock crystal, therefore quartz. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral after feldspar. There are many varieties of quartz that go from opaque to crystalline. Since the nineteenth century, rhinestone suffered an alteration in its manufacturing process, and it started to be less precious due to crystal glass, or even acrylic. In the eighteenth century, a French jeweler developed a technique for applying lead to the back of glass. This process greatly enhanced the brilliance and sparkle of the glass.
The name rhinestone come from the rock crystals gathered from the river Rhine which baths Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and Netherlands as well. Due to limited resources of the river, innovative processes came into play for achieving crystal glass with other elements. Rhinestones can be used as imitations of diamonds, and some producers have even managed to partially reproduce the effects of real diamonds when exposed to the sun. All rhinestones are carefully and meticulously cut glass or crystal with a foiled backing with lead content which enhances the sparkle and brilliance.
About Swarovski Glass
Swarovski is an Austrian producer of luxury glass cutted figures and jewelry. It has evolved with the decades, but its primer product are still the sculptures and miniatures fabricated with high quality lead glass or crystal glass.
To create crystal glass that lets light refract in a colorful real rainbow spectrum, they coat some of their products with special metallic chemical coatings. One of the greatest aspects of rhinestone, is the variety of colors in which they can come, and that's the reason why they are so perfect for jewelry.
Acrylic or Plastic RhinestonesSustainability requires innovative materials and processes to keep natural resources into a safe rate for future generations to come. We need to remember that every mining can result in certain environmental impact. Thanks to this modern consciousness, and also to reach the masses, innovative materials have made rhinestones to be more accessible. Well, not quite rhinestones, but acrylic or plastic rhinestones, which are of course not stones at all, but merely pieces of plastic shaped to look like rhinestones. Acrylic or plastic rhinestones do not sparkle like real rhinestones because acrylic does not transmit light as does glass or lead crystal.
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