New Rhinestone Pick Up Tool

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

16 November 2013

I've never been one who likes dopper sticks to pick up rhinestones. My dear, darling sister Melissa at www.jewelryrepaircompany.com (shameless plug) has tried about everyone one out there though and found this one. She got me one and I was sold! I loved it so much that I am carrying it now! It's made by BeadSmith and comes with a little "rejuvenating" block to use if it starts losing its stickiness. One end of the stick is for picking up the rhinestones and the other end can be used to help position the stone. One thing that is really important - the sticky side does not leave a residue on the stone. That was one of the things I never liked with wax dop sticks.


Here's...

Cotton Pearls - What are they?

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

08 September 2013

These beautiful beads are called "Cotton Pearls" and are from Germany. They are each handmade from multiple layers of a paper mache type material. They are very lightweight yet surprisingly strong. I tried to crush one to see how strong they were and couldn't do it. Since they are handcrafted, each one is a little different. If you are looking for a perfectly shaped, uniformed size bead, this one isn't for you. But if you are looking for something a bit more unique, they are awesome!


Different types of earring findings

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

04 September 2013

Here are some pictures of some different earring styles.

1. French Hook

2. Lever Back

3. Post

4 Clip Back

5 - metal earring backs. Also called clutches, ear nuts, bullets and stoppers

http://www.prettysnazzy.com/catList.asp?catID=%27Home-S,545%27

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Special Effects Colors

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

13 June 2013

Here are some of the special effects stones that Swarovski does or has done. Swarovski changes these all of the time. The aurora borealis or AB finish is probably the one that is seen the most. This technique was "invented" by Swarovski in 1953 or 1955, depending on whose research you use. It is a rainbow-like iridescent finish. It can be difficult to identify which color is which because many times they looked very different from the original color. Swarovski has greatly reduced the number of colors that they put this finish on. The one in the chart is the most common - Crystal AB.


Other colors on this chart are:

Comet - A shiny metallic silver. Sometimes referred to as an imitation marcasite.

Aurum - A...

Rhinestone Shapes - Misc Shapes

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

09 June 2013

Here are some miscellaneous shapes including the 4700 keystone (trapezoid), 4710 diamond, triangle, 4739 cosmic, 4800 heart, 4807 fleur de lis.

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Yellows and Browns

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

05 June 2013

Here are some of the older Swarovski yellow and brown shades: Madeira topaz, topaz (amber), light Colorado topaz, light smoke topaz, smoke topaz, citrine, light topaz and jonquil (light yellow).

Rhinestone Shapes - Baguettes/Rectangles Stones Article numbers

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

05 June 2013

Here are some baguette shapes. People think of baguettes as being the small rectangular stones that you will see in fine jewelry. They are, but the the large rectangles that you see in rhinestones are also technically "baguettes". The difference between a baguette and an octagon is that a baguette has sharp right angle corners and the octagons are clipped of at an angle. The article numbers on this page include 4500, 4510, 4561 and 4527.

Rhinestone Shapes - Square Shapes Stones

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

09 May 2013

Here are the square shapes! Included are drawings for 4400, 4404, 4410 and 4428.

Rhinestone Shapes - Navettes (Marquise) Stones

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

27 April 2013

Here are the different navette (also called marquis / marquise stones). Pictured are article numbers 4200, 4206, 4228

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Reds & Oranges

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

27 April 2013

Here are the Swarovski red and orange shades! Sun, Hyacinth, Light Siam, Siam, Ruby, Garnet

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Blues & Aquas

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

21 April 2013

Here are the blues and aquas. Blue shades shown are Indian sapphire, aqua old & aqua new (Swarovski changed aqua colors at one point), light sapphire, sapphire Montana sapphire, Capri blue, blue zircon and turquoise (opaque).

Rhinestone Shapes - Oval Stones

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

17 April 2013

Here are some of the different oval cuts and their article numbers - 4100, 4120, 4128, 4140

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Black, Grays and Clear

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

17 April 2013

Here are some of the black, gray and clear shades that Swarovski has used over the years. Since Swarovski adds colors all of the time, there are going to be new colors that are missing from this chart. Swarovski also discontinues colors over time. These are Swarovski's original color swatches. Please keep in mind that the color on your screen could be different from the actual color. the colors shown are black diamond, crystal, shadow crystal, morion and jet black (opaque).

Brand new blog for vintage jewelry, rhinestones, repairs and the like

Posted by: Stefanie Brawner, Pretty Snazzy Vintage Jewelry & Supplies

14 April 2013

Welcome to the blog for Pretty Snazzy! This is where you will find all kinds of information about vintage jewelry (including patents), rhinestones (including Swarovski, Czech, French etc), jewelry supplies, repairs and more! 

Here is a little bit about my background. I've been doing vintage jewelry since 1999. The Trifari bracelet pictured was the very first piece I ever sold. In about 2000, I noticed how many pieces I had that were missing a stone or two (or more!). I started accumulating stones. One day I told my husband that I was going to sell rhinestones. He told me, "They'll never sell." I told him "Yes they will. Just wait and see.". They did sell! Everything I made on them went right back into buying more. I was very...