bought some Hafixs professional German made glue to restore a
porcelain piece. My very long dead grandmother a professional
porcelain restorer in England used egg white, but it can discolour
I was told it is used by gem setters to hold a faceted stone in
place in a bezel setting for first 4 pushes.
After stone is set glue is dissolved in acetone.
When I began bezel setting faceted stones, used to use cyanoacrylate
aka super glue. This was a couple of decades ago. I found it annoying
having to soak the piece in acetone to remove the residue. Also some
times it showed in the setting. And sometimes glued the stone before
it was properly seated.
Then I bought a diamond setting manual and had more classes. Learnt
to make better bezels and take greater care with the setting.
And stopped using it. Also learnt to cut very neat and even seats for
It could be useful to hold very fragile faceted stones in place but
I don’t set these, having broken a few natural emeralds.
I don’t use faceted stones that cannot be 'snapped/tapped/pushed’
into the bezel setting. Keeping within my skill set.
Depending on the resilience of the stone I use .5 mm fine silver or
22 kt or fine gold up to.8 mm sterling or 18 kt.
I have found fine silver, 22 kt or fine gold good for opals.
So what do you top gun setters think of using glue? Is it crap or is
it legit? I know a lot of people use some form of glue aka jewellers
setting cement. Have they made a crap bezel setting or what?
Anyone out there used Hafixs?