Alongside the application methods outlined in this manual, Swarovski Crystals 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 setting, both plated and un-plated. Whenever possible, the settings should be plated before the stones are set. The Swarovski Crystals range also features crystal elements (Cupchains & Findings) that have already been set, as well as settings for Fancy Stones.
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.