Do you know the differences between the rhinestones and the rhinestuds?

2018-12-05 17:51:30

Did you know that rhinestones get their name from where they originally came from? 

The Rhine river! A river in Europe, the Rhine touches Switzerland, France, Germany, 

and other countries. It was a French jeweler who discovered handfuls of shiny stones 

in the Rhine and decided, “Hey, why not fasten these stones to clothing, jewelry, and 

other items?”  It turns out that this was a pretty good idea because the shiny stones 

mimicked diamonds in their color and sparkle. That was the birth of rhinestones! Today

 they are very rarely actually stones. But instead made of glass or acrylic. And they have

 expanded too… they are not just white, diamond-looking stones anymore. They 

come in all sorts of gemstone colors and even some that are opaque and look like metal!

The two primary styles our company offer are rhinestones and rhinestuds. The question

 is… what is the difference?  It is actually pretty simple: a rhinestone allows light to

 pass through it likes a diamond would. They are not just white like a diamond 

though, they can be all sorts of colors. The rhinestones we usually use for apparel

 are hotfix rhinestones, which also called heat-transfer rhinestones. The flat bottom

 of the stone has a glue backing and, when heated, melts onto the surface of the

 clothing. On the other side, a rhinestud is solid and does not allow light to pass

 through it. The main materials are metals. Think of the studs on your jeans. A 

rhinestud has a finish that appears almost like a piece of metal.

See below for examples!



Both of the pictures above are snowflake designs, but can be used for different ends.

 A rhinestone is meant to mimic a diamond, giving it a more fancy or upscale look good

 for cheer, pep, dance, or garments bright in color. Rhinestuds on the other hand are

meant to mimic a metal look and pair well with distressed screen print, designs with 

splatter effects, and other artwork with an urban feel. Regardless which one you use, 

rhinestones and studs are a GREAT way to set off any transfer! 

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