Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry

Imitation gems have been substituted for their costly brethren in necklaces, bracelets, and other types of jewelry since the late 18th century, when Georg Friedrich Strass first mimicked diamonds by coating glass with metal powder. Made of rock crystal, acrylic, and leaded glass, these fakes were originally called paste or diamante, as well as strass after their Alsatian originator. In the late 19th century, Austrian jeweler Daniel...Continue Reading