I know a fellow diamond setter who hadn’t even thought of using
these little clean-up pumice wheels…he showed me his setting…not
once did he even attempt to finish-off of this cleaning process. It
appears to me, not many setters are using them…this seperates the
"men from the boys"…(no gender discrimination meant here!) He was
setting about 350+ stones on a $50,000 bangle. All he needed was a
few minutes more of a simple application of these little wheels.
Why use them? the polisher is trying to remove any little marks from
the gravers and filing…so the tripoly compound has to work harder to
remove them, hence the metal is getting worn away at the same time.
By the time the customer gets the item, already the metal is due for
As his jeweller brother is far more advanced in the clean-up than
his setter-brother, I didnt feel it was in my best interest to say
anything. As I work with him very regularily…I do feel the best
’grit’ is the 180 for most of us to use on a daily basis…