90% of the quality is in 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 am special!”
One would think that this is automatic, but it is frequently neglected. The truth is that obtaining a high polish requires a fair amount of work. Compromises are often in order. However, where the compromises are made tell you a lot about your jeweler.
If you are creating a piece of jewelry for competition, you need to take the time to finish every detail. The same holds true if your jewel holds very expensive gems. A custom made piece of jewelry that cost several thousand dollars deserves attention to every detail.
On less expensive pieces, finishing …