How to Tell the Difference Between Rhinestones and Swarovski Crystals

To the untrained eye, a rhinestone is just a rhinestone…right? Believe it or not, the type of rhinestone you purchase comes with many options, just like diamonds. Of course a major benefit of rhinestones is you get all that bling at a mere fraction of the cost of an actual diamond, but it still helps to know what you are looking for.


So what’s the difference between rhinestones and Swarovski crystals?

The Swarovski crystal was created in 1892 by the Austrian jeweler Daniel Swarovski. He created a glass cutting machine that would revolutionize the rhinestone world. This machine cut faceted glass in such a way that the sparkle and shine were unrivaled by anything else in that era. The traditional hand-cut crystal pieces made by other jewelers couldn’t compare to the brilliance of his new glass cutting machine.

To the untrained eye, it may be difficult at first to see the difference between rhinestones and Swarovski crystals, but here are a few things that will separate a rhinestone from Swarovski simply by conducting a quick inspection:

• Because of the precision cutting, Swarovski crystal facets meet at a single point. Rhinestones will have uneven or less than perfect points.

• Typically Swarovski crystals are not strung together when sold with the exception of Swarovski peals.

• Swarovski crystals will not have swirling marks or scratches. They are cut with such precision that they will have a uniform surface luster.

• There will be no bubbles or imperfections when you look in to the center of the crystal.

• When looking at a rhinestone and a Swarovski crystal side-by-side, the crystal will clearly outshine and reflect a more brilliant sparkle than the rhinestone.

Your best bet when buying Swarovski crystals is to make sure you are buying them from a reputable jeweler or website. If you would like to see the difference between the rhinestones and crystals, do a comparison yourself. Hold the two side by side and you will see the difference for yourself! The Swarovski shine simply cannot be rivaled by any other rhinestones.


Post time: 06-29-2017