50+ Rhinestone Nail Designs: Elegant & Gorgeous Nail Art Ideas

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If you’re looking for a way to bedazzle your nails, the next that comes to mind other than glitter is rhinestones. Rhinestones are great for decorating clothes, bags, and even nails.

They add glam and elegance. Plus, you can add them to any manicure — gel or acrylic.

They can even transform existing nail art designs into something more sophisticated, allowing anyone who wears them to make a statement.

Here, we have compiled a list of rhinestone nail designs to inspire your next manicure. So if you want to add glitz and glam to your nails, whether for daily wear or for special occasions, read on!

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Pink Nails With Shaped Rhinestones

A woman's fingernails with a nude and pink nail polish that has different rhinestones and pink French-tip accent nails
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Pink and nude are always a great color combination. We love how the different rhinestones are placed along the center of the pink nails and the bottom of the pink French-tip accent nails for a sophisticated look.

Patterned Tips With Butterfly Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of nude and pink nail polish that has butterfly rhinestone and sugary pink nails
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Love the color pink and the Gucci pattern? Combine them and add a butterfly rhinestone to make a statement with your nails. Plus, we love the added texture of the sugary pink nails on the pinkies!

Marble Nude and White Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude-and-white ombré and nude-and-white marble nails that has small rhinestones
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Want simple rhinestone nails? You can always enhance nude-and-white ombré and nude-and-white marble nails using small rhinestones. But to make one nail stand out, place rhinestones on it with a contrasting color like blue.

Nude Nails With Subtle Glitter

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with clear nails that has rhinestone nail designs
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A few rhinestones near the cuticles are all you need to make your clear nails stand out. We love how this elegant and simple rhinestone nail design stands out with its minimalist look and subtle glitter accents.

All-Heart Nails With Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of clear acrylic nails, pink ombré nails and red nail polish that has heart-shaped rhinestones and retro heart art on one nail
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Get creative by decorating your nails with heart stickers on clear acrylic nails, adding heart-shaped rhinestones to pink ombré nails, or painting retro heart art on one nail. 

If they ask you what your favorite shape is, flaunt your nails with hearts they’ll instantly get it.

Pink Princess Stiletto Nails

A woman's fingernails with a different shades of pink nail polish that has pink flakes and rhinestones
Image courtesy of @minea.nails

When in doubt, use different shades of pink. We also love how the pink flakes add dimension and texture, while the rhinestones on one nail give off a princessy vibe!

Pink and Brown Stiletto Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a hot pink and brown nail polish that has different types of rhinestones
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If you can’t decide what type of rhinestones to use, why not use them all? Pair it with a hot pink and brown mani to make those gems stand out.

Apple Green Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude and a matte apple green nail polish that has several rhinestones on select nails
Image courtesy of @minea.nails

One rhinestone on each nail is a classic, but gluing several rhinestones together to create a unique shape is a work of art! Plus, the color combination of this matte nail design really makes the details stand out!

Yellow Tip Nails With Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish that has yellow nail tips and rhinestones
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If you like long nails, opt for a nude-colored base, add a colored tip to each nail, and design each one with different rhinestones to add some sparkle!

White Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of nude and white nail polish that has diagonal white French tips, rhinestones, and sugary white glitter
Image courtesy of @minea.nails

Transform your white manicure by decorating your nails with rhinestones. Place them on the side of your diagonal French tips or close to your cuticles for a touch of extra sparkle. For extra glitz, paint one nail with sugary white glitter.

Rhinestones on Tips

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with clear nails that has rhinestones to each nail tip
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Fans of simple manicures who want to use rhinestones may opt for this design. Just add rhinestones to each nail tip for a minimalist look.

Clear Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with clear nails that has rhinestones on select nails
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Going all out with rhinestones for your manicure might be overkill if you like keeping your nail design simple. Your best bet is to go for clear nails and place a few mini gems on the tips to make them stand out in a subtle way.

Wavy Royal Blue French Tips

A woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish that has rhinestones, silver rhinestones and wavy royal blue French tips
Image courtesy of @aracelis_nailsz

Nail art designs that use rhinestones like this one make a fun and artsy mani! Just add silver rhinestones to wavy royal blue French tips to make your nails sparkle.

Blue Winter and Hearts Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of nude, white and blue nail polish that has rhinestones to the edges, heart-patterned design and snowflake French tips and baby blue glittery nail accents
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Adding the rhinestones to the edges of a heart-patterned design is a great way to balance the snowflake French tips and baby blue glittery nail accents. Why not go for these winter-inspired square nails next Christmas season?

Lavender Snowflake Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of purple and white nail polish that has snowflake nail art, purple plaid French tips, sparkling snowflake stickers, and lovely rhinestones
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Channel your inner ice queen with this stunning design that includes snowflake nail art, lavender plaid French tips, sparkling snowflake stickers, and lovely rhinestones, making it the perfect mani for embracing the winter season in style.

Yellow Butterfly Nails

A woman's fingernails with ombré yellow nails and yellow glitter nail polish that has glitter French tips, butterfly nail art and rhinestones
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Adding a butterfly nail art on ombré yellow nails already looks elegant.

Add glitz by decorating it with rhinestones near the cuticles and painting the rest of your nails with yellow glitter and glitter French tips to make your nails look trendy and eye-catching!

Gothic Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a glossy nude nail polish that has silver chrome and black nail polish on tips, red and clear rhinestones and cross studs
Image courtesy of @omayra.nails

For a more gothic look, paint the tips of your bare nails with silver chrome and black nail polish. Then decorate the sides of the French tips with red and clear rhinestones and add cross studs to make your nails look extra.

Polka-Dot Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a pink nail polish base that has hot pink nail tips and rhinestones to each nail in a polka-dot pattern
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Adding pink tips to a pink base sounds like something Barbie would do to her nails. But adding rhinestones to each nail in a polka-dot pattern? It gives you Barbie nails with extra sparkle!

Blue, Turquoise, Orchid, and Nude Tips

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a glossy nude nail polish that has multicolored wavy diagonal nail tips and rhinestones on select nails
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Using different colors for wavy diagonal tips is a fun way to add more colors to your nails while making your rhinestones noticeable. We love how the rhinestones are shaped to look like elegant crystals!

Pink Bokeh With Sparkling Stones

A woman's fingernails with a clear and pink nail polish that has two rhinestone-embellished nails
Image courtesy of @gocaranzanails

Subtle bokeh designs on your nails make your pink manicure look more fun.

This sophisticated mani features two rhinestone-embellished nails, one with delicate gemstones on the French tips and one with bigger gems, adding glamor to your look. 

Pink Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a pink nail polish base that has rhinestone nail designs
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A simple rhinestone nail design that uses a blush shade of pink for the nails. We love the idea of keeping it chic yet eye-catching by adding big crystals in different colors on each nail. 

Natural Polish Floral Nails

A woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish base that has butterflies, stunning 3D flowers, chic white French tips, and rainbow-colored rhinestones
Image courtesy of @kikinails_ebeauty

Enter a magical garden with this captivating nail art design with a neutral base, allowing intricate details like fluttering butterflies, stunning 3D flowers, and chic white French tips to grab attention. 

And with striking rainbow-colored rhinestones, this manicure is transformed into a truly dramatic work of art.

Doodle Coffin Nails With Rhinestones

A woman's fingernails with a white nail polish that has rhinestones, butterflies, rainbows, cherries, stars, and hearts
Image courtesy of @kikinails_ebeauty

Rhinestones and doodle art may not sound like a good combo until you check this one out. 

We love the rainbow glitter on one nail and the little crystals on the rest of the nails paired with colorful butterflies, rainbows, cherries, stars, and hearts to keep things cute and simple.

Pink Root & Tip Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with pink nail polish that has two little stones near the cuticles and tips
Image courtesy of @kikinails_ebeauty

Add more oomph to your ombré nails by decorating them with rhinestones. You don’t need to go overboard on the design; placing two little stones near the cuticles and tips will do the trick!

Brown and Gold Glitter

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of nude, brown and gold glitter nail polish that has sparkling round rhinestones
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This stunning manicure is a perfect example of a harmonious color palette. 

The chic nude base polish and rich chocolate-brown shade complement each other beautifully, while the addition of gold glitter and sparkling round rhinestones brings a touch of elegance to this design.

Black and White Diamond Nails

A woman's fingernails with a white nail polish base that has rhinestones on the edges of black criss-cross design
Image courtesy of @kikinails_ebeauty

For nail design ideas with gems, this manicure shows you a simple and unique way to do it. Putting rhinestones on the edges of a black criss-cross design on a white base makes your nails look like a fashion statement.

Polka Stones With Pink Tips

A closeup of a woman's almond-shaped fingernails with a nude nail polish base that has pink French tips and polka-dot rhinestones
Image courtesy of @nails.bylynsey

This elegant and cute nail art with polka-dot rhinestones on almond-shaped nails with pink French tips will look great with any outfit. It’s clean, simple, and feminine!

Clear Polka Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with clear nude nails that has tiny rhinestones
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For a simple but sophisticated manicure, go for clear nude square nails with tiny rhinestones.

White Tips on Coffin-Shaped Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish that has white nail tips and rhinestones
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This is an easy nail design with rhinestones that you can wear daily. We love how the white tips add a chic touch to the overall mani!

Pink and Red Swirls

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish base that has pink, red, and white swirls and French tips and a few rhinestones near the French tips and cuticles
Image courtesy of @dips_drinks_diamonds

The pink, red, and white swirls and French tips in this mani are already cute and eye-catching. But placing a few rhinestones near the French tips and cuticles can give your nails a gorgeous feminine boost.

Ice Princess Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of white, purple, and blue nail polish that has rhinestones on top of each color
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Combining the colors white, purple, and blue gives off winter vibes. Put some rhinestones on top of each color, and you’ll get a sophisticated look you can wear on formal occasions.

Pine Needle Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish base that has leaf designs and white and clear rhinestones
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Another creative nail idea is using rhinestones to decorate leaf designs like this one. The pine needle nail art is already beautiful, but the addition of white and clear rhinestones definitely made it look better.

White and Nude Luxury Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of white and nude nail polish that has large and tiny rhinestones
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This pretty nail design features white and nude nails with large and tiny rhinestones arranged in the center of the nails and near the cuticles.

For occasions that call for you to get all dolled up, we recommend wearing this manicure.

Cinderella’s Powder Blue Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a blue nail polish that has tiny blue iridescent rhinestones
Image courtesy of @dips_drinks_diamonds

Sometimes a powdery blue manicure is already beautiful that you don’t want to add anything to it. The solution? Add tiny blue iridescent rhinestones to one nail for a stunning look.

White Elegant Coffin Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a white nail polish that has sugar glitter, marble nail design, and rhinestones
Image courtesy of @studio_c_k

Marble nails paired with sugar glitter nails make a chic look. We love how the rhinestones are placed near the cuticles for subtle glitz.

Ombre Pearl Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with shiny ombré nails that has rhinestones
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Pearls and shiny ombré nails? These also go with any classy outfit. For an elegant lady look, these nails are your best bet.

Blue & White Tips With 3D Flowers

A woman's stiletto fingernails with a nude nail polish that has rhinestones and 3D flowers and white tips
Image courtesy of @studio_c_k

Stiletto nails with white tips are already beautiful. But add rhinestones and 3D flowers to them to add a boost of femininity. We recommend this look for proms and weddings.

Blue and White Nails

A closeup of a woman's coffin fingernails with a combination of white and blue nail polish that has rhinestones to the edges of each nail
Image courtesy of @studio_c_k

Blue and white coffin nails look great, especially when paired with accent nails with a dreamy blue ombré effect. And because these colors already look beautiful, add rhinestones to the edges of each nail for a touch of luxury.

White Coffin Nails With Rainbow Flowers

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a white nail polish base that has rhinestones vertically and a rainbow sunflower art
Image courtesy of @studio_c_k

Elevate your long, white manicure with glitz and glamor by placing rhinestones vertically on one nail for a chic, unexpected accent.

And for a fun and vibrant twist, paint another nail with colorful rainbow sunflower art that’s sure to turn heads. 

Black & Pink Leopard Print Nails With Rose Accent

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a combination of matte black and pink nail polish that has rhinestones, leopard pattern and the rose accents
Image courtesy of @_iwnails

For those looking for matte nails with rhinestones, this one’s a great choice. Black and pink are foolproof colors you can combine. Plus, the leopard pattern and the rose accents give a statement look.

Light Pink Nails With Flowers and Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a light pink nail polish that has 3D flowers and rhinestones
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Simple nail designs with rhinestones like this one are easy to do. Use it as an inspiration to add a bit of oomph to short nails by adding 3D flowers and rhinestones.

Pink Hearts Coffin Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude and pink nail polish that has heart nail art, sugary glitter French tips and rhinestones
Image courtesy of @arellyys_nailss

Fall in love with this sweet Valentine’s Day manicure that combines clear and pink nails adorned with delicate heart nail art and sugary glitter French tips.

But to take it to the next level, add extra sparkle by placing rhinestones near the cuticles.

Mixed Swarovski Rhinestone Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a nude nail polish that has crisscross patterns, intricate 3D flowers, and elegant French tips
Image courtesy of @arellyys_nailss

Looking to turn heads with your nails? 

Go bold and decorate each nail with a mix of eye-catching designs like crisscross patterns, intricate 3D flowers, and elegant French tips! Then finish it with a sparkly snake stud that’s sure to make a statement. 

White Sugar Nails

A woman's fingernails with a combination of white and nude nail polish that has sugary glitter, V French tips, full sugar nails, and an ombré effect with tiny rhinestones
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Elevate your nude and white manicure with a touch of sparkle by adding sugary glitter, V French tips, full sugar nails, and an ombré effect with tiny rhinestones near the cuticles.

Gold Glitter and Swarovski Rhinestone Nails

A woman's fingernails with a clear nail polish that has gems on each nail
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Nail designs with gems like this one will make anyone take a second look at your nails. The length of the nail makes it easy to add glitz and shine. So if you love wearing your nails long, go for this look.

Nude Square Nails

A woman's fingernails with light nude-colored nails that has one rhinestone near the cuticle
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These light nude-colored square nails remind everyone that it’s easy to elevate your style with a few simple additions, like placing one rhinestone near the cuticle of each nail.

Almond White Tip Nails

A closeup of a woman's almond fingernails with a nude nail polish that has white nail tips and  rhinestones
Image courtesy of @lamournailsnz

Almond nail designs with rhinestones have a timeless look that’s great for daily wear. Mix and match the arrangement of the rhinestones to add a bit of glitz to your nails.

Pink Sugar Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a mix of a nude and pink nail polish that has little gems
Image courtesy of @nailsbyjenny_az

Even a chic pink mani with sugar glitter can get a huge boost by adding a few little gems to the accent nails with French tips.

Pink Swarovski Nails

A woman's fingernails with pink nails that has Swarovski-style rhinestones and small rhinestones
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Glam up your mani by trying this manicure! It features pink accent nails that come with Swarovski-style rhinestones, while the rest of the nails only have two small rhinestones near the cuticles with subtle purple speckles. 

Not too fancy and not too simple — just something to make your nails look fab!

Blue Galaxy Nails

A woman's fingernails with a mix of blue, black and white nail polish that has rhinestones on select nails
Image courtesy of @nailsbyjenny_az

This design features galaxy art that you’re going to love to stare at and show off. Plus, the horizontal arrangement of the rhinestones on the accent nails gives it a feminine look that suits the galaxy theme.

White Connecting Lines and Rhinestones

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a matte-colored nude base that has curved white lines and the dots decorated with tiny rhinestones

We love the curved white lines and the dots decorated with tiny rhinestones on a matte-colored nude base in this manicure. They look like constellations, which makes this design so interesting and fun to look at.

Lilac Nails

A closeup of a woman's fingernails with a mix of purple pastel and matte lilac nail polish that has rhinestone on select nails

If you want to try the rhinestone trend using purple pastel colors, this mani is one way to give your nails that wow factor. We also love how the matte lilac accent nails elevate the sparkle of the little gems near the cuticles.

How To Use Rhinestones for Nail Art

Before adding little gems to your nails, it’s best to sketch your plan for the design to give you an idea of how the final result will look. Plus, sketching it first allows you to modify it if you want to make some changes.

You can draw inspiration from the nail rhinestone designs we have provided to create a whole new look. Make sure to choose a color palette that complements the color of the rhinestones you use.

Also, don’t overdo it. You’ll want each design and accent to stand out. Adding all the designs to each nail will make it look crowded and overdone rather than artsy.

If you have a lot of design concepts floating about in your head, try out several variations and play with different nail types, shapes, textures, and colors until you find a combination that works.

How To Make Rhinestones Last On Your Nails

Rhinestone nail art should last for at least two weeks. There are ways to help them stay on your nails for longer and prevent them from slipping off. 

  • Choose an adhesive made for gluing rhinestones on nails, and use only enough of it for the rhinestones to sit slightly on your nails.
  • Buff your nails before adding the adhesive to get a stronger hold.
  • Use gel nail polish for long-lasting wear.
  • Place the rhinestones close to the cuticle. This is because the nail plate doesn’t flex there, which creates a more stable surface.
  • Wear gloves to protect your nails, especially when you’re doing chores like washing the dishes or cleaning the house.

FAQ About Rhinestone Nail Designs

Do you need to put a top coat over rhinestones?

No. You should not apply a topcoat over rhinestones. This may dull their shine which defeats the point of adding rhinestones to your nails. Instead, add a top coat around the rhinestones to lock them in place.

Can you reuse nail rhinestones?

You can reuse high-quality crystals like Swarovski because nail products like acetone won’t damage them. But if you’re looking for a disposable option, using rhinestones or gems is a great option.

Rhinestone Nail Designs for an Elegant Glitter Manicure

Rhinestones add sparkle to your nails, making them ideal for formal occasions. But there are also designs that can make them appropriate for daily wear.

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for your nails, our list of rhinestone nail designs is a good start to get inspiration for a new look. Nail art is fun, and adding crystals to them allows you to get more creative with the designs you choose.

Still, it’s up to you to choose which design makes you more confident and feel good. So once you find your style, go ahead and flaunt it!

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  • Shai Urbano

    Shai is a licensed pharmacist with a Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy. She uniquely intertwines her medical expertise with a fervent passion for beauty. With an intrinsic understanding of ingredients and formulation, she's the proud creator of her own line of products designed exclusively for naturally curly hair. Over her four-year writing career, Shai consistently delivers content enriched by her distinct blend of knowledge and enthusiasm.

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