What does "vintage" mean?
- vintage usually means a by gone era. And that is how I describe products made in occupied Germany US-zone (1945-1949), Western Germany (1949-1990) or Czechoslovakia (1945-1992). If I have a date from the original package of rhinestones I will note it in the description.
Do the rhinestones come in original package?
- no, the image of original package is for description only.
Are the rhinestones in metal settings?
- no, if not stated otherwise all rhinestones are without settings. It gives you an opportunity to select settings in your preferred metal finish (e.g gold, silver, black or copper color).
How to set a rhinestone?
- Put the rhinestone in the setting. If the rhinestone fits snugly all you need to do is bend the prongs towards the stone. At the beginning press one prong part of the way down and then move to the one across from it and repeat. Keep working them evenly, pressing them down, until all prongs are securely in place. The stone should sit straight in the setting and not move.
If the rhinestone is slightly bigger then setting, all you need to do is use chain nose pliers to bend the prongs gently pulling them away from the center. It will give the needed space until the rhinestone fits snugly.
What does MC and TTC mean?
- it shows the quality of the cut. The facets of rhinestones are achieved in different ways. MC means machine cut, it is very precise and gives a high quality product.
TTC is medium quality meaning that only the table of a rhinestone is cut (other facetes are usually pressed). Vintage swarovski products, Western Germany and Czechoslovakian rhinestones are TTC.
Pressed means that all the facets are achieved by molding the glass (no cutting).
What if I want more rhinestones than you have listed?
- Just let me know (send me a message) what do you need and how much. I will make a reserved listing specially for you.