Ever since I began my Stampin' Up business almost 3 years ago now, I've been using my small paper snip scissors to lift pearls and rhinestones off their backing and onto the cards I've been making. Recently however, I decided to try using the SU piercing tool instead. Oh My Gosh, what a difference using the right tool does for a person! There are several positive benefits to using the piercing tool: 1) you really can get the jewel just where you want it, 2) you always get the sticky backing picked up with the jewel, so no more wasted jewels, and 3) best of all - you don't have to clean your paper snips with "Undo" as often. So time saved!
I hope this tip will help you as much as it has me! Have a great day!