What is the difference among rhinestones, rhinestuds and nailheads?

Rhinestones are faceted transparent crystals or glass with a mirror backing. Rhinestuds are faceted metallic stones made to look like rhinestones. Nailheads are smooth, non-faceted rhinestuds.

1. Appearance

Rhinestones are the most glittery of the options. Their transparency combined with a mirror backing creates a brilliant, shimmering display. Rhinestuds sparkle too, thanks to a metallic finish. However, their shine isn’t as brilliant as rhinestones since they don’t reflect light. If you don’t want the sparkle, but just a little something extra for your promotional items, nailheads are the way to go. They’re flat on top and lack all the facets of rhinestones and rhinestuds.

2. Cost

Rhinestuds and nailheads are much more cost-effective because they’re made from stone instead of glass. And if you opt for rhinestones, keep in mind that crystal rhinestones will cost more than glass rhinestones. This is because the lead in the crystal enhances the sparkle of the crystal and helps reflect colors better than pure glass.


These embellishments have their differences, but they all provide the same great end result: a trendy, attractive way to promote your brand.


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  • Connie W

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  • Jules

    Just bought the Hotfix Rhinestone Applicator Toolkit. Am anxious to get started. Thanx for the tutorials. I’m sure I’ll revisit them.

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  • Knishawa T Peoples

    I bought a kit already and want to know how to make my own templates can you help me

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