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Araldite®adhesives add a flawless finish

Published on 2008-03-03. Author : SpecialChem

Adhesives from Huntsman Advanced Materials are helping put the sparkle into an exclusive range of costume and fashion jewelry.

By specifying Araldite® Cristal to set pearls and gemstones, Switzerland-based Sundrani Fine Jewelry is able to achieve a truly flawless finish for its range of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Unlike traditional setting methods such as prongs, where stones are held in place by small silver or gold claws, or bezel settings where metal encircles the entire circumference of the gem, Araldite® Cristal eliminates the need for visible settings.

By using Araldite® Cristal, designers at Sundrani Fine Jewelry are also able to incorporate drops and ball shaped gemstones that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to set. In addition to providing aesthetic benefits, Araldite® Cristal is also helping to streamline production with the elimination of labour intensive manufacturing processes.

Karima Sundrani, designer & owner of Sundrani Fine Jewelry said, "As the demand for bespoke jewelry continues to increase, we're always looking for new and innovative ways of setting gemstones. Our aim is to provide our customers with distinctive pieces of jewelry, set with expertly cut gems from around the world. By using Araldite® Cristal, we've been able to take our design capabilities to new levels. The result is beautiful and individual pieces that would not have been possible with traditional setting methods."

Sundrani Fine Jewelry specialises in the sourcing of rare, over-sized and high quality gemstones and pearls including diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The gemstones are cut and polished to the specification and design of each individual piece before being set in gold or silver.

As a two-component epoxy adhesive, Araldite® Cristal is ideal for use in jewelry production. Fast curing plus water, oil and chemical resistant, the adhesive provides a crystal clear finish that does not detract from a products overall finish.

Jean-Luc Pieau, DIY marketing manager at Huntsman Advanced Materials said, "By providing additional design freedom not possible using traditional fixing methods, we're helping our customers remain one step ahead of the competition. It's great to see that Araldite® is proving such a success at Sundrani Fine Jewelry and we look forward to continuing our work with the company in the future."

About Huntsman:

Huntsman Advanced Materials is a division of Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 13,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2006 revenues of over $13 billion.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. In addition, the completion of any transactions described in this release is subject to a number of uncertainties and closing will be subject to approvals and other customary conditions. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that such transactions will be completed or that the company's expectations will be realized. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.

Source: Huntsman Advanced Materials

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