Are Swarovski Rhinestones Lead Free?


We frequently get questions from many people asking if Swarovski Rhinestone Crystals are lead free?  The answer is, “No”.

Swarovski Rhinestones do contain lead and is not recommended to be used by children nor added onto children’s garment or accessories.

Giveaway Alert!

One lucky winner will receive….

1 “Pretty Little Pillows” Book

1 “Applique for Little Ones” Book

1 “100 Applique Motifs”

Here’s how to enter.

Join our Facebook Page and complete and post on our wall.  Complete this sentence, “I like M&J Trimming because….”

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page on Friday, the 17th of December at 5pm EST.


15% Off Leather Trims Via Facebook

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15% Off Leather Trims Via Facebook


Limited Time

One Day Sale! August 13, 2010!



15% Off Entire Site!

AUGUST 13th, 2010 @

Today is our birthday and we wanted to celebrate it with you!  Today only, take 15% off your entire purchase at  That’s 15% off rhinestones, ribbons, trims, lace, button, buckles, flower and much much more!  Hurry, because sale ends at 11:59pm EST>

Need Help On Our Website?


Are you new to M&J Trimming or  Do you have questions, suggestions or just curious about who we are and what we do?  Our Customer Care are available to help assist you.  Here are some benefits to calling or emailing our Customer Care for help.

  • Makes orders over the phone and you’re able to check on availability at the same time. 
  • Seen a featured item you like in a magazine?  Let us help you find the item you’re searching for.
  • Talk to a person who can understand your needs for browing the website.
  • From time to time, our Customer Care has special offers that exclusive to assistance over the phone only, so take advatage of it. 
  • Making large orders?  Let us help you get your order though faster and ship to you on time. 

Flatback Rhinestones Vs Hotfix Rhinestones

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Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Flatback rhinestones and Hotfix rhinestones; as well as which one would work best for you?  If you have, then hopefully today’s post can help answer your questions.

 M&J Trimming supplies both Swarovski Flatback rhinestones and Swarovski Hotfix rhinestones.  Both are quite popular and which one would work best for your project, really depends on what you will be using them for.  So let’s get started.

 Flatback rhinestones have two sides.  One side is the multi-faceted side; which is the side where you see the shimmering crystal.  The other side is gray in color, flat and smooth in texture.  Flatback rhinestones can be applied onto your project using glue such as Gem-tac, E-6000, or even Magna-tac.  You will need to place the glue into a syringe to insure that you don’t use too much glue when applying the Flatback rhinestones.  And since the rhinestones are too small to pick up by hand, you’ll have to use tweezers to pick them up one by one and place them on top of the area that you had applied glue to.  Flatback rhinestones can be used for arts and crafts or any material that you don’t mind if the Flatback rhinestones become loose.

If you want something more permanent, then you’ll have to use the Hotfix rhinestones.  Hotfix rhinestones also have a multi-faceted side and back side that is gray in color, but when you look closely, there’s already dry glue added to the gray flat surface.  Hotfix rhinestones are added onto your fabric by using heat from a hot-fixer rhinestone setter.  Since there’s already glue on the Hotfix rhinestones, all you need to do is apply heat.  You have to be careful when using Hotfix rhinestones because once applied, it’s permanent and will not come off your material.  Hotfix rhinestones are also less messy as you don’t have to apply glue yourself.

 Here’s a big difference between hotfix and flatback rhinestones.  Hotfix rhinestones are only recommended for fabric.  It is not recommended for leather, rubber, paper or plastic.  The hot-fixer rhinestones setter that is used to help apply the stones is extremely hot and can possibly burn any material that is not fabric.  By the way, yes, it is okay to use hotfix rhinestones on tulle.

 So there you have it; the difference between Flatback rhinestones and Hotfix rhinestones.

Swarovski Rhinestone Limited Time Special!

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Swarovski Rhinestone

Hi Everyone!  Welcome back from the long weekend.  I hope everyone had a good time off and enjoyed the summer weather.  I have an annoucement today for those who are fans of Swarovski Rhinestones!  Until July 7th 2010 at 11:59pm EST, when you spend $250 or more on Swarovski Flatback or Hotfix, you get $25 Off your entire purchase!  Great time to save some extra $$ on your purchase.  With your purchase, you’ll also qualify for Free UPS Ground Shipping (Continental US Only).

$25 Off Your Entire Purchase

When You Spend $250 or more on

Swarovski Rhinestone Flatbacks or Hotfix!

Special Ends:  July 7th 2010 @ 11:59pm EST!

Coupon Code: 25offsmrrs

DIY Pearl and Chromspun Grosgrain Ribbon Necklace


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Pearl and Chromspun Ribbon Necklace

Pearl and Chromspun Ribbon Necklace by M&J Trimming

 The weather is feeling pretty nice lately and that usually means it is time to pretty up.  So here is this week’s round-up of DIY accessory. 

To give that classic yet chic pretty girl look that has been seen all over the street and magazines lately, we’ll be working with pearls and chromspun grosgrain ribbon. 

This project is quite easy and only takes about 5-10 minutes.



  1. Prepare your needle and thread for at least 20″ long. 
  2. Prepare your chromspun ribbon, but flipping it back and forth and cut after you have flipped the amount of loops you would like to create.  I flipped mine about 3 times then strung the needle through it.
  3. Add the 8MM pearl and repeat step 2.
  4. Add the 4MM pearl and repeat step 2.
  5. Repeat the steps until you finish the design and then tie a knot to keep the last loops of ribbon in place.
  6. With your 60″ long strand of pearls, loop it so that it’s layered like in the image.  Tie clear thread at the top so the pearls stay in place.
  7. Using a needle, sew the design of pearls and ribbon into place to the pearls at the bottom.
  8. Now you’re all done and ready to show of your work!
Pearl & Chromspun Grosgrain Ribbon Necklace

Pearl & Chromspun Grosgrain Ribbon Necklace


Pearl & Chromspun Ribbon Necklace Up Close

Pearl & Chromspun Ribbon Necklace Up Close

M&J Bridal Lookbook

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M&J Bridal is excited to annouce that we have recently finish the photoshoot for our lookbook.  Below is a glimpse the beautiful bridal accessories we are currently carrying.  Click on the image below to view the entire lookbook.

To contact regarding any of the pieces, please email or call 212-704-8017.

 M&J Bridal

I Spy A Fun Game To Win Me M&J Dollars To Spend Online


Win $25 or $100 to spend on

Starting March 31, 2010, M&J Trimming will be playing five exciting games of  “I Spy” on our Facebook Fan page.  Here is the details and how you can play.

On M&J Trimming’s Facebook Fan page, we will give you clues as to which item we are spying on  The first fan to get the correct item number will win M&J dollars to spend online.   There will be a total of five games.

The first four games will give clues to one item number and whoever gets the correct answer first will win $25 to spend on

On the fifth game, we will give clues to three different item numbers and whoever gets all three item numbers correct first will win $100 to spend on

Here is how you can play.

  • Log into your Facebook account and then visit M&J Trimming’s Facebook Fan page.
  • Become a fan of M&J Trimming.
  • Look for the most recent clue.
  • From the clue that you got from our Facebook page, search and guess which merchandise and item number we are spying online. 
  • Once you think you might know which item number it might be, write the item number in the comment box of the clue we gave.  (Note: Remember that you have to write the item number or style number not just the description of the item to qualify)
  • The first person to get it right wins the prize!

When the first person who gets the correct answer to the clue, we will announce the winner on our Facebook Fan page. 

Be sure to spread the word and share this fun game with your friends and family. 

Attention Winners:

 If you are a winner of the game, you will recieve a friends request from M&J Trimming.  Please accept and we will message you your prize.  Congratulation!