Rhinestones always make me think of movies from the 1950s and 1960s, with stylish women attending swanky cocktail parties sporting rhinestone earrings, necklaces, tiaras and even rhinestone studded glasses.
Glittery rhinestone jewelry has been used to emulate diamonds in jewelry for many years. They take their name from the river Rhine, where the shiny rock crystals were collected from the river. It wasn’t until the late 1700s, however, that they started appearing in jewelry, when a jeweler found that by applying a metal backing to the river crystals, they could be made to look much like diamonds. Even so, the amount of labor that went into cutting the rhinestones made them expensive. It was in late 1890s when Daniel Swarovski, of Swarovski crystal jewelry, created a gem cutting machine which made the producing rhinestones way less expensive and opened the door to their widespread use in pageant jewelry, prom jewelry and costume jewelry. In 1958 the “Aurora Borealis” coating, which gives rhinestones a unique quality, was developed for use on rhinestone jewelry. In addition to jewelry, rhinestones are often used in performers’ costumes, where they glitter in the stage lights and draw attention to the performer.
Sparkling rhinestone jewelry is fun for those who like to wear their collections. Take care when storing rhinestone jewelry because the stones can be easily scratched. Rhinestone jewelry can be cleaned by dabbing it with alcohol. Take care not to get the jewelry wet, since that can tarnish the foil backing on the stones and can loosen the glue that holds them in their settings.
Rhinestone Jewelry collections are becoming more and more popular these days because of their low cost and beautiful look. They are becoming popular among young teens and older teen females as they are more affordable. They are also popular among stage performers who can’t afford high end diamond bracelets, earrings or necklaces.
Many companies who carry rhinestone jewelry are also selling wholesale rhinestone jewelry at low prices. This helps keep the cost low for jewelry companies who are reselling rhinestone jewelry to the many customers who are looking to purchase. This is helping to increase the bottom line of rhinestone jewelry carriers.