Why is a rhinestone called a rhinestone?

assorted vintage rhinestone jewelry pieces
Loving all things sparkly I, of course, have a passion for rhinestones. To me there’s nothing quite like the sparkle of a vintage rhinestone. A single rhinestone brooch or pendant worn against a silhouette of a solid color (any solid color!) makes a classic, striking statement.
But do you know why a rhinestone is called a rhinestone? They are named after the sparkling quartz pebbles once found along the banks of the Rhine River centuries ago. These organic Rhine stones eventually became depleted but imitations were created and have dazzled us ever since.
I have a new Special Occasion Collection in the works incorporating some of these lovelies as well as some sparkling, colorful rhinestones, so be sure you join my email list  and you’ll be the first to see the new collection when it becomes available!
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