STARTING AN INVENTORY OF RHINESTONES FOR REPAIR
Mixed bags of miscellaneous rhinestones are LOTS OF FUN to buy and sort through. After you have one or two of these, you will see that while the occasional match will be found, that in general the stones won't be the size, color or quality you need. That is because there can be 60 colors in a size, many sizes in a color, additional variations of shapes & facet cuts. It IS like looking for a needle in a haystack, when in fact the needle may not be there at all. Mixed bags ARE great for making your own jewelry!
When you want to do a good repair you will want to locate the right size, shape, color & cut with a minimum of fuss and you will want to control your stock so that you know when you will need more of a particular size and color. The most commonly used rhinestones are round, pointed back, foil rhinestones in clear crystal color. Here is a list of what you'll need. I buy them from http://www.mrstones.com/
CLEAR CRYSTAL, ROUND, FOILED, POINTED BACK
Second Group-Fill in sizes
http://www.mrstones.com contains a catalog of the most commonly sought rhinestones, an Index, Shapes of Rhinestones Chart, Millimeter to PP (Pearl Plate) Size Comparison Chart, Color Chart and more . He has three million rhinestones and has many colors, sizes and shapes that haven't been manufacturer for years. He may be able to perform a feat of "matching" for you, but needs to SEE to do it. Here is how to send him things "Send for Repair". If you want to start with one of the "Sparkles Groups" above, go to Matthew's Order Form. Or browse his online Catalog.
If you need help with Cleaning and Repair, including the "how-to" part of setting/unsetting rhinestones, what glue to use and more stuff, go to AZillion SPARKLES Cleaning and Repair.
Continue scrolling this page for more informational guides.
ABOUT BUILDING A
How to start building an inventory of loose rhinestones for doing replacement.
Thoughts and facts about gold, buying/selling, antique values. Including spot gold formulas
ABOUT GOLD CARE
Watch out for the hot tub & the swimming pool!. Avoiding damage & loss to your fine gold & diamond jewelry.
Kinds of ivory, including elephant, mammoth and more. Examples & links. Ivory substitutes. Some guides to separation from other materials.
Definition of Cameo, Intaglio, Reverse Intaglio. Common & unusual materials used in cameos and how to identify them. Factors which affect pricing of cameos.
REPAIR VS CAMOUFLAGE
Definition of Repair, Camouflage, Normal Wear, Marriages, Collage, and a Guide to a Rating system for Costume Jewelry.
RESOURCES & MISC.
Costume Jewelry Newsletters, Cufflink Newsletter. Costume Jewelry Book Reviews. Patent Numbers. Storage Tips.
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