Get to know our rhinestones!

Get to know our rhinestones!

What are rhinestones made of?

At Gempire we conveniently catagorise all our gems into two collections: Premium & Classic.

Premium Rhinestones are made of high quality Crystal Glass, these are machine cut and backed with a strong reflective plating to give them their signature deep sparkle. 

Classic Rhinestones are made of resin, using molds. Most of our Classic Rhinestones are transparent or opaque and do not have a backing. Those with a backing are foiled with aluminium.  

What sizes do rhinestones come in?

Our rhinestones can come in a variety of sizes, from 3mm micro rhinestones to larger stones that are several millimetres in diameter. Available sizes vary between products. All of our Rhinestones are available in SS16 & SS20 

Size Guide

*Sizings are approximate and variations can occur within a .5mm allowance.

SS12 3mm
SS16 4mm
SS20 5mm
SS30 6.5mm
SS40 8.5mm


How are rhinestones applied?

Rhinestones can be applied to fabric or other surfaces using glue adhesive. It is important to choose a glue that is specifically formulated for the materials you are using. When applying rhinestones to fabric we recommend using E6000 Fabrifuse to ensure the best results.

Can rhinestones be washed?

Our rhinestones are safe to wash, but it's important to follow the care instructions for the specific material they are attached to, as well as any instructions for the type of adhesive used to attach them.

When washing our own costume projects, we hand wash in warm water with Nappy San. We then roll the costume in a towel to squeeze out excess moisture before hanging flat on an air drying rack indoors or in the shade. 

What is the difference between Swarovski and Gempire Crystal rhinestones?

Swarovski Crystals are a type of high-quality crystal glass manufactured in Austria. Gempire Crystals are a type of high-quality crystal glass manufactured for us in China. 

Can rhinestones be used in jewelry-making

Yes absolutely, rhinestones can be used in jewelry-making to add sparkle and interest to pieces. They can be used on their own or combined with other materials like beads and wire.

Are rhinestones expensive?

We pride ourselves on offering a range of high-quality rhinestones that cater to different budgets and needs. Our Premium Rhinestones are the epitome of luxury and sophistication, with a dazzling brilliance that is sure to capture everyone's attention. While they may come at a higher price point, they are well worth the investment for those looking for the best of the best. On the other hand, our Classic Rhinestones are the perfect choice for those who want to achieve a stunning look without breaking the bank. Despite their lower price point, they are still of exceptional quality and offer unbeatable value for money. With their exquisite shine and durable construction, they are sure to add a touch of glamour to any project. Whether you opt for our Premium or Classic Rhinestones, you can rest assured that you are getting the best available on the market.

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