Do you want to learn more about Polishing Turquoise? Do you have a question that needs answering, or do you need some tips on how best to take care of your turquoise jewelry? If so, then this blog post is for you. We will answer common questions and offer helpful tips to help ensure that your turquoise jewelry lasts as long as possible.
How to prepare your Turquoise for polishing
First of all, you need to get your turquoise ready for polishing. The best way that we have found to do this is by soaking the stone in a mild acid solution such as lemon juice or vinegar overnight. This will ensure that any dirt and other impurities are removed from the surface of your gemstone before it is polished.
- Place a small amount of jeweler’s rouge on the corner of a soft cloth
- Begin to rub your turquoise in small circles, applying gentle pressure as you go
- Gradually make your way across and down the gemstone until it is fully polished. Do not apply too much pressure or go over the same area more than once.
- Once you have finished polishing, rinse your turquoise under warm water and dry it with a clean, soft cloth. It should now be looking nice and shiny!
- You can also polish other stones alongside or mixed in with the turquoise such as malachite or lapis lazuli to add color.
Tips and tricks
- A lot of the advice above is also applicable to other types of gemstone or jewelry (like amethyst). For example, you can use sandpaper instead of jeweler’s rouge to get a more matte look with your turquoise.
- If you are using something abrasive on top of polishing cloths then they must be washed thoroughly to get rid of any chemicals.
- If you are looking for a traditional turquoise polish, then make sure that the type of abrasive or method you use is not too harsh. You will need to take your time and allow the gemstone to gradually become shiny over an extended time to avoid damaging it.
Best practices for maintaining the shine on your stone
Once you have finished polishing your turquoise, you must take steps to maintain its shiny appearance and prevent the polish from wearing off over time.
- It can be a good idea to store your gemstone in an airtight container such as a bag or box when not being worn. This will avoid any dust or other particles from settling on the stone and wearing away at its polish.
- You should try to avoid exposing your turquoise jewelry to extreme temperature changes such as leaving it in a hot car or near a heater or opening an outside door into a cold room. These kinds of conditions can cause the gemstone’s surface to crack over time, which will make it much harder to polish.
- You should not wear your turquoise gemstone when engaging in activities that might result in the stone coming into contact with harsh chemicals or substances such as bleach or chlorine. Doing this can damage its polished surface and cause permanent staining over time if left untreated.
If you follow these tips and tricks, then you should find that your turquoise jewelry is easier to maintain and keep in perfect condition for longer.
Turquoise is a beautiful gemstone that can be polished to bring out its true beauty. The process of polishing the stone, however, requires some preparation and patience. In this blog post, we’ve discussed how you can prepare your turquoise for polishing and what steps need to be taken after it has been cleaned to maintain its luster and shine! Whether you want to polish the stone yourself or have someone else do it for you, try our tips on maintaining the shine on your stones so they don’t lose their sparkle over time. Have any questions about these best practices? Reach out anytime – we’re here to help!
Troy Gamez says
Thanks a million.
I appreciate YOU John
You are welcome, Troy.
Koleta Scott says
How can I polish some turquoise stones I bought from the Kingman mine in Kingman, AZ?
I just want them polished so I can show them off, not put them into jewelry.
It’s possible to polish turquoise stones with a combination of baking soda and lemon juice. First, mix the baking soda and lemon juice into a paste. Then use a soft cloth to apply the paste to the stones, rubbing them in a circular motion. Rinse the stones with water and dry them off with a soft cloth.
Dawn Madden says
I have a high end brooch with a large cab turquoise with high polish. It has a. Brown spot adjacent to one of the prongs. Looking at it with a loop, it appears that prong has been altered as it has irregularities compared to the others. I bought it at auction, so I don’t have its history or confirmation that the damage may have occurred from a prong repair. I’m thinking I need to send the brooch to a professional for repolishing to be safe. What are your thoughts on this?
The brown spot could be from the turquoise’s natural porosity, picking up oils or chemicals over time. As for the misshapen prong, it might hint at a past repair.
Though turquoise is fairly tough, it’s delicate when it comes to chemical reactions. That said, a pro could give your gem a glow-up with a gentle repolishing. But keep in mind, this process slightly alters the stone’s size and shape.
And about that odd prong – definitely get it checked. Its job is to hug your turquoise snugly. If it’s not up to par, you might risk losing your precious stone.
Bottom line: Chat with an expert jeweler. They’ll guide you through the best steps to restore your brooch while preserving its charm and value. And for the future, remember turquoise’s nemesis: chemicals and heat. Instead, pamper it with some warm water and a soft cloth for cleaning. The gem will thank you for it!