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How do I decide what size rhinestones to buy for my nail art?


I want to purchase rhinestones for my nail art, but I’m not sure what size to buy (1.5mm, 2mm, 3mm, etc.). How do I decide? Any input on what the most popular rhinestone size is?


The most popular size is a #5, which ranges from 1.75mm to 1.85mm (depending on the company you buy the rhinestones from). This is great for a variety of rhinestone-inspired nail art styles, in which you use anywhere from one stone to more than 20. There’s a smaller size, a size 4, that’s harder to come by and can only be used if you have really good eyesight. There are also larger sizes that are good as accents (using one or two on a nail). — Cort Bennett is art director at

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