In a distant country of France, where poets were singing sonnets to beautiful women, a Jeweler George Frederick Strass created the idea of covering a faceted glass with a special metal powder. There was nothing special about covering glass with metal, but.. this special covering was creating an unusual, rainbow-like effect on glass, which made it look just like diamonds!
Can you imagine wearing glass that looks like a diamond? That has the same rainbow effect, but it costs 10 times less? It blows my mind. Diamonds at half price -okay, I can imagine this, but ten times cheaper? Unbelievable!
Are there any valid reasons to wear glass instead of a genuine diamond? Of course – first of all, it may be unacceptable to wear real diamonds in daylight. You might be worried about your security. The wheater may be against you – for example – you can be on the beach, where real diamonds aren’t acceptable. Yet the rhinestone jewelry is not expensive at all and you can wear a lot of it. Some of it can even be attached directly to your body.
Rhinestones, put simply, are glasses with a faceted top and a very thin foil at the very bottom – that way the light reflects and refracts in glass-like it couldn’t – because glass is less refractive than diamonds – light passes it through, when in real diamonds a full inner reflection is happening.
Chaton Roses are flat-bottom rhinestones (it is pronounced “shaytan”). They have the Aurora Boreale effect (“Northern Lights”, which can be seen in Northern Poles when millions of ion particles enter unprotected with magnetic field atmosphere). It’s just a matter of simple physics dispersion (hmm, didn’t we all learn this at school), and the laws of the light were discovered in the 10th century (actually rediscovered in the 17th century) and it took centuries to apply them to glass to make it seem like a diamond (talking about rhinestone jewelry of course).
So what are the uses for those little sparkling things? Chaton Roses have a lot of uses, like body jewelry (some of them can even be used to swim – a special kind of glue makes it water-resistible for a week or so, and it looks amazing – actually I was pretty stunned when I first saw this kind of body jewelry); it is also used in dance costumes, as bridal jewelry.
These stones are real jewelry-makers dreams. But you’d better be persistent enough – you might need tens of thousands of stones to decorate a costume, yet you might need only tens to make a little love-heart-shaped thing near your belly button. It’s really fun and thinks of the looks of it.
The most known brand to produce such crystals is (of course) Swarovski crystals. You should easily find those on the Internet.