Be careful what you wish for…it may be a dud! Many natural
stones, especially the jaspers, have small pits or grainy surfaces.
The former usually are small vugs with crystals in them or pithy
areas in the stone. These will often not polish though the remainder
of the stone may be very beautiful. The grainy surfaces may be
simply because the stone is not sufficiently compact…much of the
cheaper lapis lazuli…even jades often show this characteristic.
Sometimes a cutter will ‘seal’ the stone with opticon resin or even
a thinned epoxy but aother very common method is to ‘wax’ it.
Common paraffin is often used but more descerning cutters use whale
wax. This wax originates from the sperm whale and, when properly
applied to a stone, will last a very long time. Natural whale wax is
harder to find than hens teeth these days however, and a synthetic
is available that comes close. Carnuba wax is also used a
lot…there is a version used to wax guitars that does a pretty
Should you remove any of these treatments, your stone will probably
never look the same. Personally, when I cut a stone with a vug or
pits, I leave it natural…that is what Mother Nature intended. If
its pithy, I cut away the area…“better a smaller perfect stone
that a large inperfect one”. If its grainy, I might seal it but
will then declare the treatment.
If you insist…try soaking in acetone first or, if no luck, alcohol
or gently heating the stone. If none of these work, you might try
resurfacing and polishing. Otherwise, I would call it 'leaverite’
and look for something else.
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut2