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Rhinestones Are a Girl's Best Friend

by Staff Writer | November 1, 2005
Bedecked and Bejeweled  by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (1 of 3) - Jill  handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
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Bedecked and Bejeweled by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (1 of 3) - Jill handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
Bedecked and Bejeweled  by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (2 of 3) - Jill  handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
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Bedecked and Bejeweled by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (2 of 3) - Jill handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
Bedecked and Bejeweled  by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (3 of 3) - Jill  handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
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Bedecked and Bejeweled by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (3 of 3) - Jill handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
Faberge Egg - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie’s Place in Baldwin, N.Y. (and NAILS’ 2005 AVA Nail Technician of the Year) created a hand-painted design that easily make nails look like priceless pieces of art.
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Faberge Egg - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie’s Place in Baldwin, N.Y. (and NAILS’ 2005 AVA Nail Technician of the Year) created a hand-painted design that easily make nails look like priceless pieces of art.
Blue Baubles - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie's Place in Baldwin, N.Y. encrusted this pretty pink handpainted nail with blue teardrop-shaped rhinestones.  She applied them on one side of the nail in a curved pattern. She applied light blue pieces of confetti for even more sparkle.
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Blue Baubles - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie's Place in Baldwin, N.Y. encrusted this pretty pink handpainted nail with blue teardrop-shaped rhinestones. She applied them on one side of the nail in a curved pattern. She applied light blue pieces of confetti for even more sparkle.
Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (1 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, handpainted this beach nail design. Besides adding rhinestones in different shapes, sizes, and colors, she also added an extra dose of shine by sprinkling on some glitter.
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Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (1 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, handpainted this beach nail design. Besides adding rhinestones in different shapes, sizes, and colors, she also added an extra dose of shine by sprinkling on some glitter.
Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (2 of 3) - Another sparkler by Julie Kellos, this design was handpainted and given a delicate sweep of sparkle with varying sizes of rhinestones. 
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Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (2 of 3) - Another sparkler by Julie Kellos, this design was handpainted and given a delicate sweep of sparkle with varying sizes of rhinestones. 
Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (3 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, airbrushed this night sky scene for a smooth transition between blue and green.  The rhinestones centered on the stars give the design extra twinkle.
8/16

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Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (3 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, airbrushed this night sky scene for a smooth transition between blue and green.  The rhinestones centered on the stars give the design extra twinkle.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (1 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (1 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (2 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
10/16

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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (2 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (3 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
11/16

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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (3 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (4 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (4 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (1 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
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Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (1 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (2 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
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Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (2 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (3 of 3) - Sloggatt used gel polish for this pretty in pink design, which features a rhinestone pattern that could easily pass for a black pearl necklace.
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Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (3 of 3) - Sloggatt used gel polish for this pretty in pink design, which features a rhinestone pattern that could easily pass for a black pearl necklace.
Glitz and Glitter - Stephanie Fuller of JC Penney Salon at Westshore Plaza in Tampa, Fla., handpainted this glitzy nail. She used dark purple polish then added complementary-hued rhinestones in various sizes.
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Glitz and Glitter - Stephanie Fuller of JC Penney Salon at Westshore Plaza in Tampa, Fla., handpainted this glitzy nail. She used dark purple polish then added complementary-hued rhinestones in various sizes.
Bedecked and Bejeweled  by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (1 of 3) - Jill  handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
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Bedecked and Bejeweled by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (1 of 3) - Jill handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
Bedecked and Bejeweled  by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (2 of 3) - Jill  handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
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Bedecked and Bejeweled by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (2 of 3) - Jill handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
Bedecked and Bejeweled  by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (3 of 3) - Jill  handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
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Bedecked and Bejeweled by Jill Worswick of Visions Salon in Chico, Calif. (3 of 3) - Jill handpainted these colorful, sparkling concoctions. She first polished the nails in festive polish shades then applied complementary-hued rhinestones in different shapes and sizes, forming jewel-like patterns with them.
Faberge Egg - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie’s Place in Baldwin, N.Y. (and NAILS’ 2005 AVA Nail Technician of the Year) created a hand-painted design that easily make nails look like priceless pieces of art.
4/16
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Faberge Egg - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie’s Place in Baldwin, N.Y. (and NAILS’ 2005 AVA Nail Technician of the Year) created a hand-painted design that easily make nails look like priceless pieces of art.
Blue Baubles - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie's Place in Baldwin, N.Y. encrusted this pretty pink handpainted nail with blue teardrop-shaped rhinestones.  She applied them on one side of the nail in a curved pattern. She applied light blue pieces of confetti for even more sparkle.
5/16
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Blue Baubles - Patricia Yankee Williams of Pattie's Place in Baldwin, N.Y. encrusted this pretty pink handpainted nail with blue teardrop-shaped rhinestones. She applied them on one side of the nail in a curved pattern. She applied light blue pieces of confetti for even more sparkle.
Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (1 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, handpainted this beach nail design. Besides adding rhinestones in different shapes, sizes, and colors, she also added an extra dose of shine by sprinkling on some glitter.
6/16
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Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (1 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, handpainted this beach nail design. Besides adding rhinestones in different shapes, sizes, and colors, she also added an extra dose of shine by sprinkling on some glitter.
Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (2 of 3) - Another sparkler by Julie Kellos, this design was handpainted and given a delicate sweep of sparkle with varying sizes of rhinestones. 
7/16
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Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (2 of 3) - Another sparkler by Julie Kellos, this design was handpainted and given a delicate sweep of sparkle with varying sizes of rhinestones. 
Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (3 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, airbrushed this night sky scene for a smooth transition between blue and green.  The rhinestones centered on the stars give the design extra twinkle.
8/16
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Shimmer and Sparkles by Julie Kellos (3 of 3) - Kellos, an independent artistic nail instructor based in Layton, Utah, airbrushed this night sky scene for a smooth transition between blue and green.  The rhinestones centered on the stars give the design extra twinkle.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (1 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
9/16
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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (1 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (2 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
10/16
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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (2 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (3 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
11/16
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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (3 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (4 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
12/16
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All That Glitters by Sayaka Sako of Atelier May Salon in Toronto, Canada (4 of 4) - Sako makes the color on her designs pop even more by adding lots and lots of rhinestones. She handpainted each of her designs and added swirls of color and glitter on some of the nails. Besides adding rhinestones, she placed different-sized pearls on some of the nails for a pretty, elegant finish.
Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (1 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
13/16
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Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (1 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (2 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
14/16
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Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (2 of 3) - Laura, a nail technician and an IBD educator based in Levittown, N.Y., used gel polish to create these designs brimming with rhinestones. The rhinestones were set in place with clear gel.
Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (3 of 3) - Sloggatt used gel polish for this pretty in pink design, which features a rhinestone pattern that could easily pass for a black pearl necklace.
15/16
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Rhinestones and Pearls by Laura Sloggatt (3 of 3) - Sloggatt used gel polish for this pretty in pink design, which features a rhinestone pattern that could easily pass for a black pearl necklace.
Glitz and Glitter - Stephanie Fuller of JC Penney Salon at Westshore Plaza in Tampa, Fla., handpainted this glitzy nail. She used dark purple polish then added complementary-hued rhinestones in various sizes.
16/16
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Glitz and Glitter - Stephanie Fuller of JC Penney Salon at Westshore Plaza in Tampa, Fla., handpainted this glitzy nail. She used dark purple polish then added complementary-hued rhinestones in various sizes.

Never mind diamonds. Get your clients’ nails sparkling and looking like a million bucks with a dose of rhinestones. While they may rather be wearing diamonds on their fingers, a little sparkle on their nails is a welcome — and much less expensive — alternative.

We asked several nail artists to come up with fun nail designs incorporating rhinestones to help inspire you to come up with your own creations. Be sure to tell your clients that while diamonds are forever, rhinestones on nails are a fun (and temporary) spin to add some bling to their look.     Photography Kelly Bracken

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