An Introduction to Polishing Metals

coil silver ring - polishing metals
“Coil Silver Ring” by Mauro Cateb. Licensed under CC By-SA 3.0.

90% of the quality comes from the last 10% of the work.

A brilliant polish is the last and one of the most important steps in finishing a piece of fine jewelry. A high polish dazzles the eye and creates desire. It says, “Look at me, I’m special!”

You would think this is automatic, yet many frequently neglect this step. Obtaining a high polish actually requires a fair amount of work. Truthfully, compromises are often in order. However, the compromises tell you a lot about your jeweler (or say a lot about your jewelry to your customers).

What to Look for in Polished Jewelry Pieces

If you’re creating a piece of jewelry for competition, take the time to finish every detail. The same holds true if your jewel holds very expensive gems. A custom-made jewelry piece costing …

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