Rhinestone Trends 2021

LSC Rhinestones SS20 AB

Swarovski®

SWAROVSKI®  has been leading the pack in the glittery world of rhinestones since 1895.  They have offered high-end flatback rhinestones used for costuming & garments at a premium price.

Competitiveness

Swarovski® is looking to better control their loose stone distribution as of September 2021.  They will be sold only by select wholesale distributors, who will only be able to sell to manufacturers who sell a finished product.  This means no more loose stones on the retail market.  Additionally, The Swarovski® name cannot be used in conjunction with marketing the finished product.

Future

Swarovski® stones will not be available loose on a retail basis.  Swarovski has announced which of their baubles will remain, which will be discontinued, and which will have  limited manufacturing runs.    The complete list can be found HERE

 

 

Preciosa

Preciosa® was founded in 1948 and has been beautifying the world’s costumes, garments, and housewares ever since.  

Competitiveness

Preciosa® rhinestones have been the foremost competitor of Swarovski for decades.  Most recently, Preciosa started manufacturing the Maxima stone, a step up from the Chaton Rose. The Maxima has the most facets of any rhinestone on the market. Additionally, the Maxima maintains the facet quantity on it’s smaller stones.  Facet notes and quantity by size and type can be found HERE

Future

With the rhinestone industry being in chaos as to the future of various brands, one of our rhinestone suppliers has stopped mid-stream in the process of replacing Chaton Rose with Maxima rs.  They are now out-of-stock on many Chaton Rose items, with an incomplete selection of Maxima stones.  Another supplier has bumped pricing across the board. 

Read on below about all our brands.

LSC Golden Cherry SS20
LSC SS16 AB
LSC Golden Cherry SS20

Private Label

Lona Smith Creates has been working on solutions for customer budgeting on costumes and this has now come to the forefront with market changes.  We recently secured a second stone under our private labels, which include budget “LSC” brand and a high-end brand under our label “ContenderWear.”

LSC Rhinestones

LSC rhinestones are currently imported from Turkey.  They are an excellent rs to use for costuming on tighter budgets, use by themselves or mixed with varying brands of stones.  The main sizes that we carry are SS20’s and some SS16’s . Quantities vary with color, but we do always try to have plenty of crystal AB and crystal (clear) on-hand.  

There are other suppliers that we have lined up as a go-to, however that really doesn’t present itself as long as any given current supplier meets our standards for quality.

ContenderWear Rhinestones

ContenderWear Rhinestones are our high-end stone manufactured in Europe.  We have two suppliers.  These stones are special order and take 10-14 days for our continental US  customers to receive them.

We do have a color chart for our CW rs, and we hope to publish it soon.

LSC Rhinestones SS20 AB
LSC Golden Cherry SS20
LSC Rhinestones SS20 AB

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