Frequently Asked Questions
The following are quick responses to some daily questions we encounter. To learn more about rhinestones, rhinestone applications please visit Rhinestone Guy's Learning Center.
Do you sell WHOLESALE? The short answer is: Yes to everyone!
The term rhinestones at "wholesale" prices is overused. Just check out our Bulk Prices. Be sure to calculate your LANDED cost. Cost of rhinestones plus the shipping.
Wholesale means buying a factory sealed package, flat back or hot fix, same size/same color. Smaller quantities available at regular prices. Within each brand check the BULK prices. We invite to check our BULK prices, Just call and order as needed:
No special account to set up
No documents to send - tax id's, resale certificate (except FL), business license, etc...
Immediate Stock Check and Same Day Shipping (order by 2pm)
Free* US Priority Mail shipping for orders over $75, every day of the week (US Domestic Mail Only)
* does not apply to deeply discounted RG Premium and RG 2 rhinestones
- How Many Rhinestones in a Gross?
- A Gross is a unit of measurement. There are 144 rhinestones in a gross. This is regardless of the size. However, the way rhinestones are packaged is done by weight. Therefore, you may have +- 2 rhinestones per gross. It is consistent, there is no "How many are in YOUR gross." A gross is a gross, no matter who tells you what! A gross literally means, 12 dozen. (that figures out to be 144 each). I don't care if the gross is of 5SS or 48SS, it is still 144 rhinestones.
NOW, in fairness, we cannot count out these stones. WE weigh them ...therefore, a few of you will get 143, 142 stones, a few of you will get 145, 146 stones...It is an average, not that precise. We cannot afford to spend the time in actual counting, but we weigh these stones as accurately as possible. If you are shorted a stone or two, you will probably be 'overed' in the next package...that is just how this business operates. Now, if you are shorted lots of stones...20 or more, that is an issue. But a stone or 2 is not an issue.
- How Many Rhinestones Do I need for...?
- After the first question this is one of the most common questions we are asked. The short answer is we do not know. It all depends on your project. If you are a small size or a large size there will be a difference. Same applies for shoes, their type, size, etc... We took our time to create a Rhinestone Calculator for you. You need to do some measuring of your project, decide on the rhinestone size you want to use...and even then it is an estimate. We see many folks who under purchase. Take the time to estimate what you need. This will save you time and money.
- Can you send me some rhinestone(s), jewels, etc... sample (s)?
- We cannot send samples for a couple of reasons. First, our goods are sold by weight or by count. Second, it is what allows us to keep our prices at the lowest price possible. We encourage you to purchase our Sample Cards for color and size reference.
- What is bulk or a bulk package
- A bulk package is a factory sealed package - SAME SIZE AND SAME COLOR. In Swarovski and Czech preciosa up to size 20ss the bulk package is 10 gross, 1,440 rhinestones. 30SS size rhinestones - Swarovski packs in 2.5 Gross package (360 rhinestones). Czech Preciosa have bulk packages of 2 gross (288 rhinestones) each for both 30ss and 34SS.
- What is AB Color?
- The term AB stands for "Aurora Borealis". It represents coating on rhinestone to produce rainbow of color reflection. Very effective on Crystal rhinestones, used on colored stones to enhance reflection. AB coating make stones "shine" more under spotlights. AB coatings on colored rhinestones takes away the base color of the stones because of the coating and give it other tones. Different color stones get a different AB look. A sample card with their representation is the best way to determine if it is the desired look.
- Do AB rhinestones sparkle more than standard colors.
- AB crystals sparkle DIFFERENT than standard colors. Many see that as better but that is not necessarily the case. Each has its uses. An AB coated stone is a standard color stone that is coated to create the AB. Much of the stone's base color disappears under the coating. Many of them get a gold, bluish or silvery tones. Swarovski AB colored stones are coated heavier than the Czech Preciosa and RG Premium stones.
In fact JET AB become blue green with a gold top.. and. does show much black at all. It is NOT a shiner black. If you are looking to make black shine, consider, Hematite.
- Are there minimum rhinestone purchases
- YES. Small rhinestones up to 10ss, we have have a 2 gross minimum purchase. Larger stones 30ss and above have 1/2 gross minimum. A few Swarovski large stones are sold by the Dozen. All others have a 1 gross minimum.
- Can I glue Hot Fix rhinestones, pearls, turquoise cabochon, hot fix nailheads?
- YES. All Hot fix means is that the items have GLUE on the underside of it should one choose to use a heat fix tool, iron, or heat press. They can be glued just like the flat back.
- What is the difference between a Flat Back and a Hot Fix rhinestones
- Flat back rhinestones or jewels have a flat back that is either foiled or un foiled and must be glued using a fabric type glue. Hot fix rhinestones have glue on the underside of the stone, they can be hot fixed by using appropriate hot fix tools, or glued. Therefore, they are more versatile.
- Can you send me a catalog
- At this time we do not produce a catalog. Our pages are printer friendly, so feel free to print them as needed.
- What is the best method of attaching rhinestones... Glue, Hot Fix, or Mount?
- The best answer to this, like politics :-) it depends. It depends on what you are doing, on the materials you are attaching to and the uses of the items. We have an expanded explanation on methods of attachment in our Rhinestone Guy's University Introduction to Rhinestones.
- Which Glue should I use?
- It seems that everyone has an opinion about glue, what glue, when to glue, glue is better/sewing is better, and .................. but since I am the one that is writing, my opinion counts more!! Whether to glue or sew/use mounts is more a question of future use than what is better or easier. So: IF your garment/item must be dry-cleaned somewhere/sometime, DO Not use glue. All glues currently in use are sensitive to the cleaning fluids used ( including iron-on types ). The fluid deteriorates the glue, and discolors it. Therefore, if you are stoning velvet, AND you plan to use it to the point that it must be cleaned, then either mount or sew on the stones. If you plan to use pointed back stones, they will have to be mounted. Otherwise, glue IS the choice. It is fast, easy, and 'do-able' where thousands of stones are to be used. Both Swarovski's and Czech Preciosa's Heat Fix glue is dry cleanable today. No one will guarantee this to be true, for NO ONE knows what cleaning fluids may be used...but in normal cleaning applications, the glue stands up well. There are a lot of choices here, we have preferred 'GemTac' for strength and consistency in the past, - dries clear, doesn't glop out of dispenser, and if used correctly, hangs on to the stones very well.
Most stone loss, after gluing, is the result of technique rather than glue failure. Always press stone into glue, put down just enough glue to come out around stone when pressed into glue (just barely). When gluing larger Jewels, it is VERY important to capture the edges with glue. No silvered backing can support the weight of the stone. The stone will break loose from the silver backing, fall off, and leave a very shiny silver shape stuck to the garment. And do not lay down so much glue that the surface will skim-dry before the stone is set into it. We strongly suggest using 'Applicator sticks' when stoning...much faster, much easier, and you don't need tweezers. These glues are usually white in the bottle, but dry clear, are water soluble before drying, and withstand washing very well. GemTac dries clear and has elasticity. It sticks to everything I have used it on, and especially glass (where I got sloppy and forgot to clean it off....razor blades had to be used to scrape it off.) I have glued 150,000 rhinestones to a motorcycle with Rhinestone Guy Glue, and have not lost one stone, even with serious washing and cleaning! (Yes, we sell glue and Applicator sticks.)
Other glues in use include E6000...good, strong, fast drying, but leaves strings of glue when you pull back. don't even think about hot glue guns...failure is very high. Super Glue is great for the fast fix, but not in the long run...too thin, runs out into fabric. Epoxy glues are strong, but highly allergenic (do not get this stuff on your skin, do not inhale fumes...it is only a matter of time before you will develop an allergy to it, and when you do, the body's reactions can be very strong, as in open sores, swelling, oozing, need I say more? AND, you can develop an allergy to it overnight...Surprise, Surprise!)...good for jewelry, but not garments. Epoxies usually do not have elasticity. OK for Belt Buckles, but rough sand the metal before setting with Epoxy. These glues are available in most hardware stores as a two part dispenser that must be mixed before using. Do not mix very much at one time, as it begins to set within seconds, and is very temperature sensitive. DO NOT allow water to mix into glue, as you will have a gummy mess. Do NOT get this stuff on your skin! It is not water/soap soluble. Use Acetone only if you must, Acetone goes into the skin and can affect kidneys!
DO NOT USE 'Super Glue' --It is just too brittle to be satisfactory with rhinestones.
- What rhinestones shall I use in my business?
- Well here we go again -- It depends. It depends on your type of business, customers, your competitors. Are you serving Rodeo Drive? or are you a small business in your local community? We got you covered in our learning center, read: Swarovski, Czech Preciosa, Rhinestone Guy Crystal - what Rhinestones shall I use?
- Do you have examples of Rhinestone Uses other then Clothing?
- Yes. Rhinestones can be used on many items and project. You may need to experiment. If you have a new idea, try it. It is called research and development. Many people use rhinestone on various items and sometimes trial and error will be necessary. To see some projects, see: Rhinestone Guy's Rhinestone Projects & Ideas