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...

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Purples and Pinks

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

22 October 2013

Here are your girlie colors - purples and pinks! Light Rose, Rose, Fuchsia, Alexandrite, Light Amethyst, Amethyst, Cardinal, Tanzanite


Rhinestone Shapes - Pear Article Numbers

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

08 October 2013

Here are your article numbers for Swarovski (and many Czech) rhinestone in the pear/teardrop shape: 4300, 4306, 4320, 4328.

Swarovski Rhinestone Colors - Greens

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

07 October 2013

Here are some Swarovski green shades: Chrysolite, Peridot, Green Turmaline, Emerald and Olivine.

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

Vitrail Medium aka Watermelon Rhinestones Stones - Swarovski vs Czech

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

02 September 2013

Vitrail Medium is more commonly known as "Watermelon Stones". The gorgeous colors have been blended for a rainbow effect. When you are replacing rhinestones, you may wonder why the colors aren't matching up. Here are the two that you see most commonly. The first is the Swarovski Vitrail Medium and the second is the Czech.

Rhinestones - Machine Cut vs Table Cut/Polished vs Fire Polished

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

07 August 2013

One of the most common questions people have about rhinestones is what the difference is between machine cut, table cut or table polished and fire polished. A picture is worth a thousand words, which is why I'm putting in pictures, but here are the basic differences. The photos are a mix of Swarovski (Austrian) and Czech rhinestones.

  • 1st Photo - Machine Cut (MC) - These have nice sharp facets like what you would see on a gemstone. They are the most expensive too! In about 2005-ish, Swarovski made major changes in their business structure. At that time the prices became substantially more for the "fancy" shaped machine cut stones - like 3 times as much by the time the European VAT taxes were added in. The round stones...

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...

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. imageevent.com/thejewelryring/jrworkshoprhinstones.


If you want to check out the Jewelry Ring Yahoo group, here is the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jewelry_Ring/

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...

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.

What to do about a vintage costume jewelry piece that has graying or spotting stones

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

19 May 2013

So what do you do when you have a vintage jewelry piece that has graying or spotting stones? There isn't one answer. It depends on the piece itself. You have to take into account several things:

  1. How easy would it be to replace the bad stones? Are the stones glued in or are they set with prongs?  Prongs - especially the ones in chain - can be very difficult to change out because the stones were (and still are) set by machine. And prongs like to break. I'm not saying not to replace them, just something to keep in mind. Glue in stones are usually (but not always) easier to replace.
  2.  How many stones need to be replaced? Do you have just a few bad stones? If you would have a lot to do, is it feasible to...

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).

Vintage Swarovski Chart

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

14 April 2013

Here is an old Swarovksi rhinestone chart that I came across. The stones are in settings which have been sewn onto the card. The company was Samuel W Schneider in New York City. Look at the old phone number. This probably dates to the mid 50's or earlier. If anyone has old Swarovski, Czech etc catalogs, salesman's samples, charts, please let me know. I'm always interested in those bits of history!