I’m doing a bunch of repairs to some heirloom silver jewelry for a
lady. One of the items is a string of tumbled turquoise nuggets that
she wants shined and restrung. I’m usually pretty good at getting a
polish on turquoise but these are frustrating all my attempts so far.
I have tried tumbling them in a vibratory tumbler with Cerium Oxide,
polishing on a felt wheel with bees wax, polishing on a felt wheel
with Zam. So far the Zam has done the best with a bit of a matt
shine. I don’t want to get into epoxy or resin stabilizing because
that would require redrilling the beads and would probably leave tell
tale drips. I heard somewhere using paraffin wax and kerosene to fill
in the porosity. Anyone familiar with the process? Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Rocky Mountain Wonders
Colorado Springs, Colorado