They were very popular before the Crusades, in India; as the tailor for the king wanted to impress him, so he glued the rhinestones to all of the kings clothing.
Rhinestones were also very popular during the Renaissance period among the wealthy.
The art of gluing rhinestones to clothing has continued to stay alive throughout history.
However, it wasn't until the late 20th century that rhinestones became really popular all over the world.
During the 1960's it seemed that almost everyone was gluing them to their clothes.
A few years later when iron-on transfers were introduced to the arts and crafts for DIY'ers, rhinestones made a huge impact on the world.
Today there are two types of rhinestone art.
The first is the original glue on type which has surprised everyone that the art had lasted as long as it has.
The second type is the iron-on type which can be heated with a hot iron to help melt the glue and allow the stone to stick to your clothes.
Rhinestones can be seen on almost everything that is for sale on the internet, in local department stores, and even at local arts and craft stores.
Most of them are fairly inexpensive, however it depends on what you are looking for in a kit.
Do it yourself rhinestone kits used to include a few fabrics of cloth, which a person could use to simply iron the entire patch onto a pair of jeans, or shirt.
Some kits allowed the hobbyist to place the rhinestones in any order they chose, and use a hot iron to heat up the adhesive.
Both ways are fun to do and once the hobbyist finished they could wear the clothes and show them off to their friends and family.
Rhinestones these days are mostly made from glass, and just have the name rhinestone, because people decorate their clothes with them.
This was really the only way left for this type of fashion, as the demand for real rhinestones soon brought about higher prices for the stones which became unfeasible for people to use.
It also helped to preserve our natural gem stones.
Colored glass has now become so popular that you can find iron-on transfers anywhere.
Fashion companies have used these colored glass rhinestones to create thousands of different types, colors, and shapes for hobbyists everywhere.
The world of fashion has strongly embraced the use of rhinestones on stage costumes.
This stands to reason since the original purpose of using rhinestones was a sign of wealth, glamour, and exuberance.
These days, Iron-on rhinestones can be found in many different facets of daily life, from clothing, to accessories, and even as bridal decoration.
Now you understand what iron on rhinestones are and how they are used; and you also learned something about the history of rhinestones as well.