Types of Flatback Rhinestones

Types of Flatback Rhinestones or Crystals

Flat back rhinestones are loose rhinestones used on costumes, clothing, and other accessories. The back side (which, yes, is flat) includes a type of reflective foil for increased brilliance. These rhinestones, or crystals, can be applied with glue or by using metal settings to secure them to fabric. For more information, see our page on How to Attach Flat Back Rhinestones.

Rhinestones Unlimited carries rhinestones in four different qualities:

  • Swarovski Elements
  • Preciosa Genuine Czech Crystal
  • PriceLess Crystal
  • Superior Acrylic

This wide product selection allows for the best selection of sizes, colors, and shapes to meet any budget and application requirements. The following provides information about each quality:

Swarovski® Flatback Rhinestones


Swarovski® has long been recognized as the designers choice for brilliant rhinestones. Swarovski's newest innovation in flat back crystals, the Xilion Rose Enhanced (art 2058), features 14 facets and is designed specifically to provide the brightest and most fiery colors for competitive dance, dance sport, and performance arts under stage lighting conditions. An overview of the Xilion Rose Enhanced flat back details the unique characteristics of this rhinestone. In addition, Swarovski's Advanced Crystal program also provides high quality CPSIA compliant crystals.

The Swarovski Elements line includes a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Rhinestones Unlimited is a recommended reseller of Swarovski Elements.

Shop the Swarovski Elements flatbacks we offer, or browse through the full line of Swarovski Elements.

Preciosa™ Genuine Czech Crystal™


Preciosa™ Genuine Czech Crystal™ is a world leading producer of cut crystal, specializing mainly in the production of machine cut chatons of top quality and in a broad variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The VIVA12™, featuring 12 facets, is the most commonly used flat back offered by Preciosa. The company’s headquarters are in Jablonec nad Nisou (Northern Bohemia), in a region with hundreds of years of glass making tradition. Rhinestones Unlimited is a Preciosa Authorized Distributor.

Shop the Preciosa Czech flatbacks we offer, or browse through our full line of Preciosa Genuine Czech Crystal.

PriceLess Crystal


PriceLess flat back rhinestones are a cost-effective sparkle solution. Why use glass rhinestones when PriceLess Crystal features 10  for about the same price? Shop our line of PriceLess Crystals, which are available in the most popular standard colors. Shop our line of PriceLess Crystal flatbacks.

Superior Acrylic Flatbacks


Superior Acrylic flat back rhinestones are available in a a wide variety of shapes and colors. They are produced in molds. The chaton rose rhinestones have 8 facets. Our Superior Acrylic rhinestones are of a better quality than are those generally offered in craft stores. They offer a wide variety of fun shapes and colors for costume, apparel, craft, and other applications. Shop our line of Superior Acrylic flatbacks.