Cubic Zirconia Polishing Survey Results
Cubic zirconia is the most popular diamond simulant currently available. You can find polishing recommendations for this material in our IGS member survey results.
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Editor’s Note: Some years ago, the International Gem Society (IGS) conducted a survey of members’ polishing techniques. Here, you’ll find the results for cubic zirconia polishing. Whether you’re just starting to learn the art of gem cutting or just looking for a new way to tackle a problematic gem material, we hope these results provide some useful suggestions.
For more information about the survey or to find results for more gemstones, click here.
Polishing Techniques for Cubic Zirconia
|Ceramic||50-100k diamond||oil/extender fluid||16|
|Corian||14-50k diamond||olive oil/WD-40/extender||3|
|Tin||14k with Linde A||oil||3|
|Copper||14k diamond||water, vinegar/oil||2|
|Last Lap||14-50k diamond||oil||2|
|Ultra Lap||aluminum oxide||water||1|
|CD||14k diamond||olive oil/WD-40||1|
|Ultra Lap||100k diamond||oil||1|
- Polishing agents and lubricants divided with a “/”, like “cerium/diamond,” means either/or.
- Polishing agents and lubricants divided with a “,”, like “cerium, diamond,” means a
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