Why can you not use stainless steel mesh or basket for jewelry? Is
it just because the jewelry will bump against the steel and get
scratched or what?
Exactly, the pieces vibrate against the steel mesh and get all
scratched up. That only matters once you've polished them. You can
use plastic coated hooks once the work has been polished (rings or
pendants), it won't scratch anything. Something like this.
But when the piece is in process, if it's a ring, I use this
stainless steel rack because I don't care if it's scratched a little
and the plastic coated hooks break down over time. Something like
If it's something other than a ring, like a component (unpolished),
that won't hang on a hook, I use the steel basket or a nylon mesh
basket. Something like this.
If it's a hard to hang object that's been polished, I usually just
swish it in the sonic (using plastic coated tweezers) and steam
clean it without hanging on or in anything to protect the
mirror-like finish. But you could use the nylon mesh or one of the
other suggestions in the thread, just not steel on your nice