Flat back rhinestones—also referred to as flat back crystals when they are made of a crystal material—are loose rhinestones used on clothing, decor and other accessories. The back side (which, yes, is flat) is usually coated with a type of foil, which acts as a mirror to reflect the light back through the rhinestone. Flat back rhinestones can be applied with glue or by using metal settings to secure them to fabric. For more information, please see our page Choose Your Attachment Method.
Our History Selling Swarovski® Crystal Flat Back Rhinestones
Celebrating 120 years of innovation in 2015, Swarovski® has long been recognized as the highest crystal quality in the world. Manufactured in Austria, their revolutionary lead-free Advanced Crystal recipe maintains the unmatched brilliance that designers of all genres have been inspired by for generations. Swarovski® stays leaps and bounds ahead of its competitors, offering the widest range of crystal shapes, sizes, colors and specialty embellishments.
Rhinestones Unlimited was a Swarovski® Authorized Reseller for 20+ years until their 2020 Corporate Restructuring which removed Swarovski branded crystal rhinestones and other components from the resale market. At Rhinestones Unlimited, we reacted quickly and filled our shelves with the best alternatives to the beloved Swarovski crystals. The two best quality of crystal which closest compares to Swarovski are the highest quality MAXIMA Crystals by Preciosa®, not to be confused with Preciosa Viva12 rhinestones, and our Starcut brand of 2088 cut star-faceting rhinestones.
MAXIMA Crystals by Preciosa®
The best crystal quality available in flat back and hot fix rhinestones is the European made MAXIMA Crystals by Preciosa. This unmatched crystal quality from the world-leading producer of cut crystal, are made in a region that housed artists of crystal mastery and tradition since 1548. Daniel Swarovski even started his career with the group of glass makers that later became Preciosa, until he moved and started his business in Wattens, Austria. As of 2023, Preciosa is the only European crystal brand. MAXIMA Crystals by Preciosa should not be mistaken with their economy crystal, Viva12 rhinestones. For a comparable stone to the Viva12 crystal quality, please see our LUX Austrian Crystal.Shop MAXIMA Crystals by Preciosa® flat backs
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LUX Austrian Crystal®
The LUX Austrian Crystal™ line is a Rhinestones Unlimited exclusive, debuting in 2015. Originally made in the Swarovski factories in Austria, LUX Austrian Crystal are now made in the Czech Repuplic in the Preciosa factories. . Extracting the deepest depths of light with 9+3 faceting for a total of 12 cuts, every detail from pure ingredients and angles to durable foiling and premier colors and effects—even hotfix glue application—employs some of the most cutting-edge technology in the world. Shop LUX Austrian Crystal® flat backs
Globally sourced, this U.S. brand, offers the most popular 2088 faceting, high-quality crystal quality and precision manufacturing, and a economic price tag. Our customers love this alternative to the Swarovski 2088 Xirius Rose with the “star” faceting. Shop Preciosa® flat backs or browse through the entire line of Preciosa® offerings.
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The PriceLess Crystal™ line is a Rhinestones Unlimited exclusive, debuting in 2013. A low-cost, high-quality crystal brought in especially for performers, it sparkles in the most desired colors and sizes requested by dancers. With 10 facets, the AAA grade of quality and a great price point, PriceLess Crystal™ is the most cost-effective crystal on the market! Our customers find this is a great rhinestone to mix with other qualities to create an encrusted, pave crystal look for a lower price.
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