Rhinestone Information

Knowing your Rhinestones

In todays every changing world of creative custom rhinestone apparel brings about many various types of rhinestones. Here we will provide you with some knowledge from our 10 years of service as one of the top custom rhinestone apparel stores.  At Cystiques we utilize only the highest quality Swarovski crystal rhinestones on all of our rhinestone apparel designs! With a Swarovski crystal rhinestone you will receive a stone the delivers the highest reflectiveness and provide you with the most vibrant colors. Swarovski crystal rhinestones are a genuine lead crystal from Austria which are precisely cut and polished to deliver a diamond like sparkle.  Being such a high end stone a Swarovski crystal rhinestone carries one of the most expensive prices per stone when compared to other brands. But the old saying, "you get what you paid for" comes into play and is very true.When you buy a custom rhinestone design created with Swarovski crystal rhinestones you can rest assured that you will be receiving a design that delivers the highest sparkle along with the highest quality and durability that will on average out last the garment it's applied to.

Over the years we have seen several cheaper imitations rhinestones flood the market! These stones have provided an outlet for many businesses to jump into the market of creating rhinestone apparel. We receive several calls weekly from customers that have purchased cheaper imitation rhinestones apparel from other shops and boutiques. Customers complain about the quality and durability repeatedly and the problem of the stones falling off the garments and the dullness of the sparkle. We would like to stress to always make sure when shopping for creative custom rhinestone apparel that you ask the question, what type of rhinestones are being using to create your rhinestone designs. If your answer is Swarovski then you can rest assured that you will be receiving a high end design. Don't be fooled by cheaper imitation rhinestones.  

A Century of Rhinestones - A brief history:

The traditional rhinestone, named after the Rhine River on the German/Austrian border, is colorless and made from glass, paste, or natural quartz.

In 1775, Frenchman George Frederic Stras came up with the idea of coating a portion of the stone with a metallic powder, which gave the rhinestones a sparkle. Making each stone by hand, he marketed them as "the poor man's diamond". The cost remained high due to the slow production method.

Mass production of rhinestones started in 1892 when Daniel Swarovski, of the famous Swarovski crystal family, received a patent for a machine that automatically cut the stones. This would eventually cause prices to fall into a very affordable range.

By 1895, Swarovski had set up a factory in Austria, and begun production of rhinestones of superior quality and uniformity. He was later joined in the business by his three sons. Many innovations in the production of rhinestones followed.

By the time of Swarovski's death in 1956, the company was (and still is) the largest manufacturer and exporter of rhinestones. The Swarovski rhinestones are prized for their quality and brilliance to this day.