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  • of rhinestone, the Online Etymology Dictionary says this: 1888, a loan-translation of Fr. caillou du Rhin "Rhine pebble," so called because they were made near Strasburg, on the River Rhine (q.v.).

    I came across it in Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec, translated by David Bellos: p 28: "It was not until later that he started to make rings: he took small stones — agate, cornelian, Ptyxes, Rhine pebbles, sunstones — and mounted them on delicate rings made of minutely plaited silver threads."

    June 3, 2008