Soldering, Plating and Stone Setting

Swarovski offers an ideal product selection for soldering, allowing for simple and problem-free production of state-of-the-art jewelry pieces and accessories. Further techniques, such as plating and stone setting, complement the comprehensive and diverse application options offered by Swarovski.

The following products are suitable for soldering, plating, and stone setting: Round Stones, Fancy Stones, Settings, Flat Backs No Hotfix and Cupchains and Findings.

How to Solder Crystals into Intricate Jewelry Pieces

Follow these simple application steps to create an elegant jewelry accessory with affixed Swarovski crystals.

  1. Cut the Cupchain to the required length

  2. Solder the original jewelry model and strengthen with wire

  3. Gently press the Cupchain into the solder mold

  4. Remove the soldered Cupchain from the mold once the impression material hardens

What Else Should I Consider When Soldering Jewelry?

  • Use clean, grease-free materials and tools to ensure proper application

  • Wear protective clothing, eyewear and gloves

  • Consider key elements such as soldering duration, temperature and flame size instructions when manufacturing soldered Cupchain pieces – avoid overheating and crystal damage

  • Don’t forget: solder color change and solder quantity per application – prevent jewelry corrosion. Scroll through our soldering directives for an illustrated guide

For a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to safely apply crystals onto jewelry items, consult our detailed Application Manual download for further soldering tips.

Discover Stone Setting for Fine Jewelry

What types of stone setting for jewelry are possible?

  • Bezel settings – crystals are bezelled in to remain in the cup

  • Prong setting – crystals are held in position by claws, usually with four prongs

  • Settings for gluing – crystal elements are glued in

What is a bezel setting in jewelry? 

A bezel setting is a malleable strip of metal which, when integrated with crystals, is reshaped to form a manually crafted jewelry piece.

The Swarovski assortment features products like Cupchains that have already been set, as well as Settings for Fancy Stones.

Three simple steps to stone setting jewelry by hand

1. Carefully hold the cup using tweezers or suitable pliers

2. Place the crystal in the setting using a pair of tweezers

3a.  Bezel setting: Press the cup shut using a setting closer

3b.  Prong setting: Press in place the cup’s prongs using a setting closer – for other forms, prongs are individually closed in opposite positions

Alternative methods of crystal application

Once the crystals are set, they can be sewn onto textiles and leather, soldered together using Cupchains, applied onto the textile by machine using claws, or threaded, utilizing the eyelets within the setting.

What is Jewelry Plating?

For a perfect finish, a plating process can conclude the production process of a jewelry piece or accessory. During this process, metallic coatings are electrolytically added to the surface of the material to give a certain color and look.

What are the key criteria for plating Swarovski crystals?

  1. Select reliable electrolyte suppliers who provide detailed operating guidelines

  2. Select suitable high performance electrolytes

  3. Ensure careful maintenance of the unit and electrolytes

  4. Use recommended settings for plating Cupchains

What are the most important steps for plating crystals?

  • Hot degreasing

  • Electrolytic degreasing

  • Pickling

  • Cyanide copper plating

  • Pyrophosphate copper plating

  • Bright copper plating

  • Palladium coating

  • Silver coating

  • Gold coating

  • Rhodium coating

  • Tarnish protection

Browse our Application Manual for in-depth descriptions of each of these processing steps.

Machines & Tools

For additional information regarding our soldering machinery and tools, and to find more detailed instructions about Soldering, Plating, and Stone Settings, open the Swarovski Application Manual e-book.

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Soldering, Plating and Stone Setting

Soldering, Plating and Stone Setting Application Manual

Last Update: 07 / 2018

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