AB Crystals

AB Crystals

This is just a small selection of the Preciosa and Swarovski AB crystals we have in stock.  Please visit the individual catergories for a huge crystal of AB crystals.

AB crystals in both Swarovski and Preciosa are by far the most popular style of iridescent gemstones, also known as rhinestones, gems, sequins and diamantes, whether they are used for nail art, dance costumes, craft projects, prom dresses, evening gowns, burlesque costumes, ice skating, gymnastics, cheer leading, irish dancing, caberet acts, millinery and wedding dresses, veils and shoes. AB, also known as Aurora Borealis crystals, rainbow crystals or AB rhinestones, are unique in that they reflect the colours that surround them. They are ideal for adding some subtle bling to wedding stationery and accessories, greeting cards, Converse Trainers but are also a fantastic way of creating super sparkle on the dance floor!

The AB coating is also applied to the full range of Preciosa and Swarovski colours so if you love your hot pink nails, why not add some Fuchsia AB crystals to add some extra bling or if you are performing on the stage under bright lights the AB crystal has brilliant sparkle, it is very popular with dancers!

We are often asked what is the difference between Crystal and Crystal AB ?
Crystal (often known as Crystal Clear) with Swarovski colour code 001 is completely colourless, the same colour as a diamond. A Crystal (clear) bead, crystal, flatback crystal, pendant etc is completely transparent. On a Crystal (clear) rhinestone, you can clearly see the mirrored foil backing on the back. Crystal AB also known as Aurora Borealis, uses the same base stone, beads and crystals, but has an added coating which reflects many different colours, primarily gold, blue and pink, a lovely delicate rainbow colour.   We often describe the AB colour as an oil on water effect or the rainbow effect you get when blowing a fairy liquid bubble.  The Swarovski code for crystal AB is 001AB.

If you would like a sample of a Swarovski or Preciosa AB crystal please send us an email to [email protected] and we will send you a free sample.