Rhinestones, Rhinestuds and Nailheads are all types of heat transfers that you can apply solo or in combination with other decorating techniques to create a unique look for your garment. All three stones can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors. Understanding the difference of each will help you make the best selection for your project.
Rhinestones are transparent with a mirrored backing. The transparency allows the light to pass through it mimicking the shimmer and shine of a diamond giving your garment a fancy or more upscale look. Rhinestones come in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes.
Rhinestuds differ from Rhinestones in that they are not transparent. Rhinestuds do not offer the shimmer and shine of a diamond, however; there is a reflective coating on Rhinestuds for a more muted shine. Rhinestuds also come in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes.
Nailheads are typically made of brass. With nailheads being made of a solid material they do not have a shimmer or reflective quality to them. Nailheads come in a wide array of color, shapes and sizes.