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Tumbling with stones in place

Rita, I vote yes. I’m guilty of tumbling all sorts of things
I’m not supposed to, due to production schedules. Just this
month, in fact, I tumbled a pair of 18K earrings set with
rhodolite garnet cabs. (small barrel tumbler, stainless mixed
shot [about a cup] w/ 2 squirts dawn dishwashing liquid, water to
1/2 inch over shot) Not for long! 30-60 minutes - just to bring
up that high shine. I would NOT do it in a vibratory tumbler,
and wouldn’t tumble faceted stones, or cabs with inclusions
(unless they were easily replaced).

Dana Carlson

 I'm guilty of tumbling all sorts of things I'm not supposed
to, due to production schedules.  Just this month, in fact, I
tumbled a pair of 18K earrings set with rhodolite garnet cabs. 
(small barrel tumbler, stainless mixed shot [about a cup] w/ 2
squirts dawn dishwashing liquid, water to 1/2 inch over shot)
Not for long!  30-60 minutes - just to bring up that high
shine.  I would NOT do it in a vibratory tumbler, and wouldn't
tumble faceted stones, or cabs with inclusions (unless they
were easily replaced). 

So, we are to assume that you are using rotery (sp?) not a
tumbler that vibrates but one which goes ‘round and round?’ : )