About Sparkle Sensation
From the windy city of Chicago, we bring you the finest in
accessories for all occasions. We feature high quality Crowns, Tiaras, Bun Covers
and more. Browse our exclusive Rhinestone Collection to find the perfect fit for
you. Our line is always expanding so please make sure to check back with us on a
Sparkle Sensation's website is operated by our parent
company - Taiga Marketing, Inc.
About Our Products
Specializing in European Rhinestones, we have hundreds of styles
to choose from. Choose from Kings and Queens Crowns, Tiaras and Bun Covers, Headbands
and Scepters, Coronets and Costume Jewelry, Pins and Brooches, and much more! We
provide styles that are simple or elegant, either way, we have it all! Our value
can't be beat.
All our product prices are based on USD currency.
The name Rhinestone originated from rock crystals collected from the banks of the River Rhine. Its popularity as imitation diamonds increased in the 18th century when jeweler Georg Friedrich Strass had the idea to coat the underside of glass with metal powder in order to increase the reflection. This becomes what is known today as Rhinestones!
By the 19th century, Daniel Swarovski drastically advanced the art of Rhinestone manufacturing. He improved how you cut the crystal facets to mimic those of gemstones with mass production efficiency. Today, quality rhinestones are still mainly manufactured in Austria by Swarovski, and in the Czech Republic by Preciosa.
During the mid 1950s there was breakthrough with Rhinestone colors. The Aurora Borealis (AB) rhinestones were invented, and they can shine with a variety of colors. The name Aurora Borealis refers to The Northern Lights that occurs in the northern regions of Earth. AB stones are manufactured by using microscopic layers of different materials and then they are vacuum plated to the underlying glass.
Besides the Aurora Borealis color effect, Rhinestones can come in other Transparent Colors (including clear) or polarized Effect Colors. Two or more polarized effect colors can show up on a stone depending on how light falls on it.
Rhinestones today can be made from glass, acrylic, quartz or crystal. They get their brilliance from the quality of the material they are made from, and the cut of the stone. Lead crystal glass has the best brilliance and is the most expensive material for rhinestones. Molding instead of actual cutting can form the CUT of a rhinestone although machine cut stones give the best effect. More cut facets does not automatically mean better brilliance, therefore, it is best to remember that rhinestones are best judged from the normal distance that they will be viewed. Rhinestones that look fantastic in your hand (approx 1-2 feet away) might not look as good when viewed on stage. We use stones best viewed at least 5 feet away.
From whatever material your Rhinestone piece was made, it is soft and should not be allowed to rub against each other. You can clean Rhinestones with a q-tip and alcohol. Water should not be used in order to avoid tarnishing the foil backing of your Rhinestone piece. Furthermore, sweat and oil from fingers will tarnish the surface of your jewelry. You should wipe down your piece with a dry soft cloth each time after it is worn, and then put it away in a dry place to slow oxidization. Residents in more humid climate or coastal areas can benefit with the use of a simple zip lock bag to hold and store their tiaras.