Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bead Wishlist: Swarovski Rhinestones

The word rhinestone technically refers to rock crystals from the river Rhine, though over the years it has become the term for imitation gemstones made from glass, paste or crystal, particularly those with metallic foil backings or metal settings.

Most beaders are familiar with the family of crystal rhinestones by CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements, which come in an amazing variety of shapes and colors. Made from lead crystal and usually backed with foil, Swarovski flatbacks and pointed back rhinestones or rivolis make beautiful additions to beadwork, embroidery and mixed media projects.

Crystal Sahara Cosmic Flatback

Vintage Emerald Swarovski Rhinestones in Brass
from MKSupplies

Light Colorado Topaz Round Flatback
from Auntie's Beads

Aquamarine Classic Baguette
from FusionBeads

Vintage Rose Pointedback Baguettes
from Driving Miss Moppet

Orchid 18mm Rivoli
from Whimbeads

Sterling Silver Plate Flowers
from Too Cute Beads

Vintage Blue Zircon Fancy Stones
from Beading in the Rain

Crystal AB Flatback Rivoli Triangle
from Beadaholique

Vintage Rose Round Rhinstones in Brass
from Katofmanycolors

Which rhinestone shape is your favorite?

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  1. The blue zircon fancy stone! I have these in fuschia and cobalt. I'm saving them for something spectacular some day.

  2. You made some very lovely choices!!
    thanks so much for including us in your wishlist :)


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