What are Diamante Rhinestones?
Originally, rhinestones were rock crystals gathered from the river Rhine, hence the name, although some were also found in areas like the Alps, but today the name ‘rhinestone’ applies only to varieties of lead glass, known as crystal glass . The availability was greatly increased in the 18th century when the Alsatian jeweller Georg Friedrich Strass had the idea to imitate diamonds by coating the lower side of lead glass with metal powder. Hence, rhinestones are called strass in many European languages.
As opposed to the classic rhinestones which had a metal powder coating on the bottom side only, several companies have opted to mass produce iridescent lead glass, by reducing the metal coating thickness and apply it uniformly, not using metal powder with a binder but by applying various forms of metal deposition (thin foil, vapor deposition, etc): Favrile glass by Tiffany in 1894, Carnival Glass under the name ‘Iridrill’ by Fenton in 1908, ‘Aurora Borealis’ glass by Swarovski in 1955 and PVD-coated dichroic glass in the late 20th century, amongst many other decorative lead glasses coated with a thin metal layer sold under various commercial names such as ‘rainbow glass’, ‘aurora glass’ and such.
Rhinestones can be used as imitations of diamonds, and some manufacturers even manage to partially reproduce the glistening effect real diamonds have in the sun.
Where do they come from?
Crystal rhinestones are produced mainly in Austria by Swarovski and in the Czech Republic by Preciosa and a few other glassworks in northern Bohemia. In the US, these are sometimes called Austrian Crystal.
How do you use them on the robes and other items?
Hot fix rhinestones, also called heat transfer rhinestones, are mainly used for apparel. The flat bottom of the stone has a glue backing and when heated melts onto the surface of the clothing.
These can be adhered using a heat press, as they are able to reach higher temperatures (standard transfers require temperatures of up to 180–200 °C (350–400 °F), which regular irons are not capable of) while applying heavy pressures resulting in a more professional standard quality.
What colour rhinestones are there?
There is a rainbow of stunning colours available including the 51st shade of grey 😉
Data sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinestone
Where do you use them?
We use the rhinestones throughout our product range on our personalised dressing gown robes, tshirts, vests, pajamas and more we use them to create the personalised roles such as
♥ Bride to Be
♥ Chief Bridesmaid
♥ Maid of Honour
♥ Junior Bridesmaid
♥ Mother of the Bride
♥ Mother of the Groom
♥ Sister of the Bride
♥ Aunty of the Bride
♥ Team Bride
As we create all designs in our studio we are able to make custom requests as well!