~ Helpful Hints ~ |
Remember- Big Crystals Will Make Larger Rainbows!
Crystals are Excellent Rainbow Makers!
There is a Huge Sparkling Variety of Beautiful Sizes and Shapes!
Some Crystals have AB or Colors!
Mix Crystal Sizes and Shapes for an Incredible RAINBOW SHOW!
HINTS ON SIZES: Crystals are measured in length from top to bottom. 18mm is 3/4" (very small, Dime size), 28mm is 1 1/8" (pendant size, bigger than a Quarter), 40mm is 1.5 inches, and 50mm is two full inches. It doesn't sound like much difference, but remember, they are also thicker, heavier, and wider in addition to being longer. The difference in appearance is quite striking! Mix sizes for a wonderful window display. The 40mm, 50mm and larger are most dramatic. Crystals 38mm or 28mm are smaller but still a good size. Relative impact of the smaller sizes depends on the crystal shape. Smaller crystals make excellent decorations, lovely gifts, and are great for providing contrast in a display with larger crystals. The larger crystals just can't be beat for their spectacular beauty and great rainbows. Here is a ruler showing both inches and millimeters (mm) so you can see the comparison!
COLORS: Crystals are colorless if listed as Clear or as "mm" (millimeters). The letters "ab" or "AB" stand for "Aurora Borealis". This is a light coating of 24K gold that gives the crystal iridescent coloring and gold brilliance. It is designed to give colors to a crystal in low light. It still allows the crystal to make rainbows in sunshine. If you like the pure beauty of crystal, get "Clear". If you like a visual impact in any light, and some extra color, try the crystals in "ab". AB is bright and shimmery but is not invisible. It makes changing colors on the crystal the way oil on a puddle makes Rainbows. Crystals can also be available in actual colors, such as Topaz or Blue! Beautiful! Look for them!
HANGING: Crystals should be hung in a sunny window as close to the window as possible while still allowing the crystal to turn freely. This allows crystals to move and rainbows to travel around your room! We do NOT advise using suction cups to hang crystals because they let go and fall. If you use a tension rod in your window to hang your crystals from, make sure you TIE the ends of the rod with fishing line or other secure material to something above the rod. Windows change size with different temperatures and eventually the tension rod WILL fall down if it is not secured.
ABOUT CRYSTAL: Crystal is an extremely fine quality of glass. Crystal Suncatchers will last forever if you treat them properly. DO NOT LET CRYSTALS TOUCH EACH OTHER. If you hand someone two crystals to look at, they inevitably put them together in one hand. Make sure they know not to let the crystals touch, because this causes CHIPS. Likewise, be careful to keep your crystals separate enough in your window display so that all of the crystals can move freely but they cannot collide with each other. Varying the hanging lengths is helpful for this. Treat your crystals gently and they will reward you with many years of sparkling rainbow beauty.
GIFTS: Crystal gifts are appropriate for ANY occasion, or none at all! Don't forget weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, anything that needs a Celebration and a Beautiful Keepsake!
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Equivalents For Some Common Crystal Sizes:|
18mm = 11/16 inch (Just Under 3/4 inch)
20mm = 0.75 (3/4) inch
28mm = 1 1/8 inch
30mm = 1 3/16
40mm = Just Over 1.5 inches
50mm = 2 inches
63mm = 2.5 inches
76mm = 3 inches
100mm = 4 inches
150mm = 6 inches
US Quarter = 24mm
US Nickel = 21mm
US Dime = 18mm
US Penny = 19mm
US Dollar Bill is 154mm long and 66mm high
Crystal 18mm is the Size of a Dime
Crystal 28mm is slightly larger than a US Quarter
|US Dollar Bill, Ruler, US Quarter, and Four Crystals.|
Star 28mm Blue, Star 40mm Blue, Star 50AB, Ball 30mm (on bill).
US Dollar Bill, Ruler, US Quarter, and Three Crystals.|
Star 28mm Blue, Star 40mm Blue, Ball 30mm.
Ruler Shows Centimeters Instead of Millimeters. One Centimeter (cm) = 10 Millimeters (mm). 5cm = 50mm = 2 inches.|
A Hanging String Or A Crystal Bead Hanger Is Attached to All Crystal Prism Ornaments When Purchased.
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