Pointy Backs

Swarovski pointed back or V-Back crystals are renowned for their exceptional quality, precision-cut facets, and brilliant sparkle, making them an excellent choice for repairing jewellery. With their pointed back design, they can easily be set in appropriate settings or glued onto jewellery pieces to replace missing or damaged crystals.

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Swarovski pointed back crystals, also known as chaton or rhinestones, are small, faceted glass crystal stones with a pointed or cone-shaped back and a flat top surface. These crystals are widely used in jewellery-making, fashion design, accessories, and embellishments. Here’s some information about pointed back crystals:

  • Material: Swarovski pointed back crystals are made from Swarovski’s proprietary crystal glass product. Glass crystal pointy backs are known for their exceptional clarity, brilliance, and sparkle.
  • Faceting and Reflection: The facets on the pointed back crystals are precisely cut to enhance the stone’s brilliance and light reflection. These facets can vary in number and arrangement depending on the desired effect and shape of the crystal. The precise faceting ensures that light is refracted and reflected within the crystal, creating a dazzling display of sparkle.
  • Mounting and Setting: Pointed back crystals are typically used with specific settings designed to hold and secure them in place. The most common setting is the “chaton” or “pointed back” setting, which features prongs or claws that grip the crystal from the sides, leaving the pointed back exposed. Other settings include bezel settings, sew-on settings, or adhesive settings that allow the crystals to be easily incorporated into different types of jewellery or garments.
  • Versatility and Applications: Pointed back crystals are incredibly versatile and can be used in various creative projects. They are popularly used in jewellery making to embellish rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and brooches. Fashion designers use them to add sparkle to clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories like belts or headpieces. Pointed back crystals are also commonly seen in costumes, dancewear, and stage outfits to create eye-catching visual effects.
  • Size and Colour: Pointed back crystals come in a wide range of sizes, from tiny microcrystals to larger stones. The size is typically measured in millimetres (mm) or sieve sizing (ss), and the smaller sizes are often used for delicate jewellery pieces or intricate designs. Pointed back crystals are available in an extensive array of colours, including clear, vibrant hues, pastels, and even specialty coatings like Aurora Borealis (AB) or iridescent finishes. This variety allows designers to choose crystals that perfectly complement their creative vision.
  • Application Techniques: Depending on the desired application, pointed back crystals can be attached using various techniques. These include glue and adhesive application or specific jewellery-making techniques such as prong or bezel setting. The chosen technique will depend on the project requirements, the type of crystal, and the desired level of permanence.

Pointed back crystals add a touch of elegance, glamour, and sparkle to a wide range of creative projects. Whether used in jewellery, fashion, or other decorative applications, these crystals provide designers and crafters with endless possibilities for incorporating brilliance and beauty into their creations.

The most common use for small pointy-back Swarovski crystals is in replacing missing diamantes from jewellery and brooches. Where a few little crystals have fallen out of a watch or other jewellery, they can easily be replaced with a dot of glue and a pair of tweezers to set a new crystal in place.

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