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 (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.


Jewelry Ring Album for Rhinestone Workshop

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

08 June 2013

I did a rhinestone workshop in the fall of 2012 for an awesome educational jewelry group I'm with - Jewelry Ring. Here is the link to the album with some of the same pictures for cuts and colors all in one place.

If you want to check out the Jewelry Ring Yahoo group, here is the link:

Foiled vs Unfoiled Rhinestones

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

07 June 2013

I get emails all of the time from customers asking me if I have an unfoiled rhinestone that they are looking for. I don't have much in the way of unfoiled rhinestones because it is much easier to get the foil off of a stone than put it on! So if you need an unfoiled stone, try looking for the same one that is foiled. It's very simple to get the foil off of a stone. Just make a 50/50 mix of vinegar (white or cider) and regular table salt. Soak your stone(s) in there for a day or two and the foil will come right off!

Tip - When you replace rhinestones, the old ones usually come out with part of the foil off of them. These are basically useless to use in the condition they are in but you can soak them in the salt and vinegar mix and...

Why do some stones gray and get spotty and some do not?

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

18 May 2013

Why do some stones get spotty and/or gray and others do not? For a long time the commonly accepted answer was that water had gotten under the stones. Not always so said Frank Delizza several years ago. He told us that many times it was actually the from how well the plating process had been done.

Foiled rhinestones have a reflective coating on them. When that foil starts to separate from the stone in some areas it will look spotty. If the foil is separating from the stone overall, it will cause the stone to look gray. Once the foil comes off of a stone there is no easy way to replace it. 

According to Mr. Delizza, the raw metal setting were set with the stones and all necessary pieces were soldered together. Only...

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...