there is a good reason for pre-polishing.
If you do a fair polish before stone setting and then a final polish
afterwards it: saves you polishing wear and tear on prongs (and
pulling stones out) and bezels saves your stones from heavy polishing
which can abrade and scratch many stones.
sometimes a good whirl with a bristle brush (remember that post!)
will get rid of your heavier marks of stone setting (they are small
and can polish a localized area) and a nice light buff with a soft
buff on the buffer for that final bright shine.
some people even choose to do their prelimiary buff on the buffer
with a red rouge which then needs to be cleaned off before buffing
(the red rouge will contaminate a finer polishing buff) and then do a
final bull (which can be done after the stones are set) Red rouge
is very abrasive and will leave a finish that looks like a very light
sanding on your jewelry.
I always do my final finishing buff with a product caled ZAM....it
works wonderfully on any metal.
julia potts studios