Originally rhinestones came from a factory on the Rhine River in Austria. Typically described as colorless artificial gems made of paste, glass or gem quartz and usually cut into facets that make them sparkle like diamonds. Today rhinestones are made in many different shapes and colors some treated to enhance their sparkle or hue. Swarovski is the leading maker of quality rhinestones today . A foil coating is sometimes added to the back of the stone to enhance the sparkle especially when being set into a closed back setting. Cleaning rhinestones should be done carefully, especially those with closed backs. Never soak them in water - use alcohol or windex on a q-tip and gently clean the stones. A toothpick or canned "hot air" can clean out the crevices.. When replacing rhinestones in vintage jewelry, try to use vintage stones for a better match. Rhinestones were previously used mostly by entertainers but now fashion dictates their use in any venue, so enjoy and "sparkle plenty!".......
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