One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An imitation diamond used in costume jewelry and to decorate clothes.
- ‘The top two-thirds of the composition is studded with rhinestones, suggesting stars sparkling in the metallic blue sky.’
- ‘‘And your mom made us tiaras with rhinestones,’ she reminisced.’
- ‘A number of female passengers adorned their lapels with heart-shaped brooches filled with red, white and blue rhinestones.’
- ‘She was decked out in a pair of expensive jeans with artfully studded rhinestones, an off-the-shoulder shirt in pale pink, heels that I'd never before seen in her closet, and stunning, yet simple jewelry.’
- ‘The white satin dress is made from almost 300 feet of material, and embroidered with 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls.’
- ‘‘Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkle clothes and cowboy boots,’ he said in 1986.’
- ‘She has short brown hair, red leather pants, a black Harley-Davidson shirt cut into a halter, a strand of white rhinestones as a belt and a little heart of white rhinestones around her belly button.’
- ‘It says ‘Jesus’ in gold cursive lettering studded with rhinestones.’
- ‘She had an idea of returning to the clothing business with rhinestones on clothes but that idea did not go anywhere.’
- ‘Derek had to get the rhinestones for the suit flown in from Czechoslovakia.’
- ‘Fendi has played artfully with rhinestones, studding the tops for a line of mink co-ordinates.’
- ‘There was a lone tear residing on her cheek, slightly smudging her mascara, that caught the light and glittered almost brighter than the rhinestones on the tiara that rested on Jessica's perfect hair.’
- ‘She had taken a rhinestone studded barrette to clip one side of her hair away from her face.’
- ‘Cut glass, rhinestones, and cubic zirconium are all attempts to replicate the beauty of diamonds at a lower cost.’
- ‘Women are decorating the exposed skin with tattoos or stick-on rhinestones and even enhancing the upper buttocks with plastic surgery.’
- ‘The crossbones are oversized, and the whole thing's studded with rhinestones - except the skull's eyes, each of which is a black plastic gem of some sort.’
- ‘Phoenix comes onto the stage in a bright turquoise cosmic-cowboy outfit with crystal rhinestones and embroidered roses.’
- ‘Later that year Nudie asked another prospective customer, Lefty Frizzel, whether he had the guts to wear a suit with rhinestones on it.’
- ‘Other high fashion T-shirts are decorated with large chandelier crystal rhinestones evoking a look that is a perfection of casual elegance in today's global dressing.’
- ‘My philosophy is one of ‘where would the diamond business be if not for rhinestones?’’
Late 19th century: translating French caillou du Rhin, literally ‘pebble of the Rhine’.
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