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Quartz crystal, also known as "Rock Crystal" - a colourless transparent stone - origin of the term "rhinestone." Small, tumbled quartz stones were found in the bed of the river Rhine and initially thought to be diamonds. When it became apparent that these stones did not have the hardness of diamond, but were a passable simulation, the term "rhinestone" came to be synonymous with "imitation diamond."

We try to choose consistent stock, but the nature of natural stones is that there will be inconsistency between strands and between individual beads.