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Gemstone Polishing


#1

All, I stayed out of the initial discussion on polishing a hole in a
stone. All the basics were covered. I would like to add that there
are a lot of industrial diamond compounds available through dental
supply stores that are really good for lapidary and metal. In
diamond polishing the carrier in which the diamond is mixed, the
concentration of diamond mixed in the carrier, and the medium on
which you are going to apply the compound to the stone make all the
difference. Motor speed is also important. Experimentation is
necessary to find which combination works best on which material. I
could fill a book with notes on what works and does not work for me.
You are better off experimenting your self.

Gerry Galarneau


#2

In May of 2002, we had a rather extensive discussion about polishing
At that time, Steve Attaway provided some outstanding
that he had prepared himself as well as some other data
from people like Scott Wilson who are quite knowledgeable in the
field.

Steve provided an excellent paper, “The Mystery of Gemstone Polish,
Part I” which is in the archive and which I would recommend to
anyone who intends to polish any type of gemstone. I noted the Part
I at the time however and have never found Part II. Steve, if you
are still on the forum, could you please provide the status? This
is a very interesting subject and your input on “chemical polishing
theories” would be most welcome. Thank you.

Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry! @coralnut2


#3
    In May of 2002, we had a rather extensive discussion about
polishing ... Steve provided an excellent paper, "The
Mystery of Gemstone Polish, Part I" .... 

For those interested I offer the following links:

The Orchid discussion:
https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/final-polish-on-opals

Steve Attaway’s paper “The Mystery of Gemstone Polish, Part 1”:
http://www.attawaygems.com/NMFG/mystery_of_polish.pdf

Trevor F.