All About Rhinestone Sizes: Your Go-To Guide

All About Rhinestone Sizes: Your Go-To Guide

Understanding rhinestone sizes helps you choose the right rhinestones for your project, Whether you're decorating a dress, a piece of jewelry, or a craft project, we’ve got you covered.

What are Rhinestones?

Rhinestones are imitation gemstones made from glass, acrylic, or crystal. They're used everywhere —from fashion and jewelry to nail art and crafts. They're sparkly, affordable, and come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors.

History of Rhinestones

Rhinestones were originally rock crystals gathered from the Rhine River in Austria. In the 18th century, a French jeweler named Georges Frédéric Strass developed a method to make artificial gemstones by coating the lower side of glass with metal powder —hence the name "Strass stones". 

The Importance of Rhinestone Sizes

Why Size Matters

The size of a rhinestone affects how much it sparkles and how your design turns out. Larger rhinestones reflect more light, making them more dazzling. Smaller rhinestones allow for more detailed and intricate designs.

Impact of Size on Rhinestone Value

The value of a rhinestone is about the quality of the material, how well it's cut, and how complex the color is. But, larger high-quality rhinestones can be pricier because they need more material and work to make.

Standards for Measuring Rhinestone Sizes

Stone Size (ss)

Stone Size, or ss, is a standard unit of measure for rhinestones. It’s commonly used with flat back stones in the classic round shape. The ss measurement system starts at 1ss and goes up, with each increase in number indicating a larger size.

Pearl Plate (pp)

Pearl Plate, or pp, is another unit of measure typically used with pointed back stones in the classic round shape. Like ss, the pp measurement system starts at 1pp and increases with size.

Millimeter (mm)

The millimeter is a universal unit of measure used across a wide range of industries, including the rhinestone industry. It’s especially useful for measuring stone shapes other than the classic round.

Standard Rhinestone Sizes

Rhinestone Size Chart

rhinestone size chart

Common Rhinestone Sizes and Their Uses

Rhinestone sizes range from tiny 1ss stones, which are less than 1mm in diameter, to large 48ss stones, which are about 11mm in diameter. Smaller stones are perfect for detailed work, like nail art designs, while bigger stones are great for making a bold statement.

How to Measure Rhinestone Sizes

Tools for Measuring Rhinestones

To measure rhinestones accurately, you need a tool like a digital caliper or a specialized rhinestone sizing tool. These tools allow you to measure the diameter of the rhinestone in millimeters, which you can then convert to ss or pp if needed.

Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Rhinestones

  1. First, place the rhinestone on a flat surface. 
  2. Then, using your measuring tool, measure the diameter of the rhinestone at its widest point. Make sure to measure from edge to edge, not just the raised part of the rhinestone.
  3. Repeat the measurement a couple of times to ensure accuracy.

Choosing the Right Rhinestone Size

Factors to Consider When Choosing Rhinestone Size

When choosing a rhinestone size, consider the project you're working on. If you're embellishing a large area, you want to use larger rhinestones. For detailed work, smaller rhinestones are better. 

Also, consider the style you're going for. Larger rhinestones are more flashy, while smaller rhinestones provide a subtle sparkle.

Best Rhinestone Sizes for Different Projects

For fashion accessories, 20ss to 30ss rhinestones are the standard. For nail art, smaller sizes like 5ss to 10ss are popular. For jewelry, the size of the rhinestones can vary depending on the design.

Understanding Jewel Sizes

How Jewel Sizes are Measured

Jewel sizes are measured in millimeters. Round jewels are measured by their diameter, square jewels are measured from point to point, and odd-shaped jewels are measured through a line in the center.

Jewel Size Comparison

To give you a better understanding of jewel sizes, here's a handy comparison: 25.5mm is approximately 1 inch, 18mm is about 3/4 inch, and 12.5mm is roughly 1/2 inch.

Pointed Back Rhinestones

Pointed back rhinestones, also known as chatons, are rhinestones with a pointed reverse side. This design allows them to reflect more light, making them even more sparkling.

Size Chart for Pointed Back Rhinestones

Pointed back rhinestones come in a wide range of sizes, starting from tiny PP sizes to larger SS sizes. A size chart can help you understand the different sizes available and choose the right ones for your project.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinestone Sizes

What is the smallest rhinestone size?

The smallest rhinestone size is typically 1ss, which is less than 1mm in diameter. These tiny rhinestones are perfect for detailed work.

What is the largest rhinestone size?

The largest standard rhinestone size is 48ss, which is about 11mm in diameter. However, custom sizes can be even larger.

How do I convert rhinestone sizes to millimeters?

You can convert rhinestone sizes to millimeters using a rhinestone size chart. These charts typically provide the diameter in millimeters for each ss or pp size.

Can I customize the size of my rhinestones?

Yes, some manufacturers offer custom rhinestone sizes. However, this is usually more expensive and may require a minimum order quantity.


At Planet Rhinestone, we understand the importance of choosing the right rhinestone sizes for your projects. That's why we offer a wide range of sizes, from tiny 1ss rhinestones perfect for detailed work, to large 48ss rhinestones that make a bold statement. 

Our rhinestones are made from high-quality materials and are available in a variety of colors and shapes. Whether you're a professional designer or a DIY enthusiast, we're here to help you find the perfect rhinestones for your projects.

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