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Pure Silver Polish


#1

Hello!

We are interested in hearing about the methods people use to
polish tarnished silver objects. We deal in a variety of items
including Jewelry, Flatware, etc.

Additionally, we are keen to learn about different products
used, recomended products, and new products.

Also, any related to chemically coating silver, so
it does not tarnish would be appreciated.

Lastly, we are looking to stock various polishing products for
end users of the silver items we sell. Please let us know your
recomended products for them.

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

Dino Mahtani

Oros (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 359/2-3 Ekamai Complex, 63 Sukhumvit Rd
Oros International Co., Ltd. Bangkok 10110,Thailand
Oros Restaurant Co., Ltd. Tel: 3818848-50 Fax: 66-2-3915726
Mitsula (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Email: @Dinesh_Mahtani_Dino

Mitsula (India) Pvt. Co., Ltd. K4, Lagpat Nagar II, New Delhi 11024
FairDeal, India Tel: 6821117 Fax: 91-11-6924430


#2

Also, any related to chemically coating silver, so
it does not tarnish would be appreciated. >

My personal reccomendation is either Goddards or Hagerty silver
care products, they are probably the least abrasive and are
available in many different forms.

I DO NOT reccomend chemical coatings on fine silver or sterling.
They, in my opinon, impart a finish that detracts from the
inherent beauty of silver. They will eventually yellow, crack, and
scratch. Inform your customers that hand polishing silver results
in a very attractive patina over time wihich really enhances the
item. If you want a highly reflective finish then make it from
chrome! I am speaking strictly from a holloware/flatware point of
view.

my 2 cents.

James Waggener
Silversmith
creativ@infi.net


#3

Also, any related to chemically coating silver, so
it does not tarnish would be appreciated. >

My personal reccomendation is either Goddards or Hagerty silver
care products, they are probably the least abrasive and are
available in many different forms.

I DO NOT reccomend chemical coatings on fine silver or sterling.
They, in my opinon, impart a finish that detracts from the
inherent beauty of silver. They will eventually yellow, crack, and
scratch. Inform your customers that hand polishing silver results
in a very attractive patina over time wihich really enhances the
item. If you want a highly reflective finish then make it from
chrome! I am speaking strictly from a holloware/flatware point of
view.

my 2 cents.

James Waggener
Silversmith
creativ@infi.net


#4

Hi James,

You wrote: If you want a highly reflective finish then make it from chrome!

Isn’t silver even more reflective than chrome? I think I read
somewhere that silver returns more reflected light than any
metal. Or were you referring to the low maintenance/non
oxidizing properties? Probably so…

I agree whole-heartedly about coatings and sealants on metal or
stones. I’ve never seen it done well or in a long lasting
manner.

Dave Sebaste


#5

On 17-Dec-96, David Sebaste wrote about RE: Pure Silver Polish:

I think I read somewhere that silver returns more reflected light
than any

DS> metal. Or were you referring to the low maintenance/non
DS> oxidizing properties? Probably so…

I’ not too certain about silver reflecting more visible light…etc.
However, around 1948 as a very young technician in a research
establishment I not only got the job of building an emission infra-red
spectrophotometer, but even had to build a vacuum depositing apparatus
in order to make the mirrors (glass absorbs IR so I couldn’t use
lenses) and I learnt then that aluminium was the best material for
all-round reflectivity, but a gold mirror was better for infra red.
Certainly aluminised mirrors were far better than silverized glass.
In those far-off days you couldn’t buy anything much out of the
ordinary at all in war-torn Britain. Oh, and I was getting severe
withdrawal symptoms, like switching online at odd intervals to see if
orchid was back in business - I missed it cruelly!

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#6

As far as I know Gold has the highest aldebo? of any noble metal
and the richest effect of course.

Sean and all:

The word “albedo” is derived from the Latin word “albus” which
means “white” or “whiteness.”

Quote: “Fine silver…is the whitest of all metals, has the
greatest luster…” Robert Von Neumann, “The Design and Creation
of Jewelry.”

I won’t personally argue the point, but I have read the same
thing in many texts, i.e., fine silver has the highest albedo of
all metals.

Rick Martin
MARTIN DESIGNS
The truth is out there…in books.