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Stone Setting

Alongside the application methods outlined in this manual, crystals from Swarovski can also be employed using metal settings. Crystals can be set manually (using pliers, metal spatulas or punching tools) or by machine.

According to how the crystals are integrated into the metal settings, there are various types of settings, both plated and unplated. Whenever possible, the crystals should be set before plating the settings. The Swarovski assortment features products like Cupchains that have already been set, as well as Settings for Fancy Stones. Crystals can be set after plating as well, depending on the shape and geometry of the jewelry. Please be aware that a selected range of Swarovski crystals cannot be plated.

For further information on this, see the Swarovski Crystal Collection.

Setting types

Setting by hand

1. Depending on the shape and size, the cup is held using tweezers, flat nose pliers, or flat head pliers, without deforming it.
2. Place the crystal in the setting using a pair of tweezers or vacuum tweezers.
3a. Bezel setting: Press the cup shut using a setting closer. Setting closers are available from jewelry suppliers.
3b. Prong setting: The prongs of round cups can be pressed in place using a suitable setting closer. For all other forms, the prongs are individually closed in opposite positions, using a suitable pressing tool.

Note: After setting, the crystal should still be slightly movable in the setting. The setting must be constructed so that the crystal can be entered into it without damaging the foiling. When settings are too tight or prongs are bent, the foiling or the protective lacquering can be damaged, possibly resulting in corrosion. If the setting is closed too strongly, the crystal can be damaged.

Application methods for set crystals

The following application possibilities are available for already set crystals:

Working with end connectors (brass components)

Plated Cupchains and Findings can easily be combined with end connectors (brass components) in order to create striking pieces of jewelry.

The end connectors can be attached to the end of the Cupchain with flat-nosed pliers and interconnected by either jump rings or lobster claws.