Gemstone Polishing

Rock collecting can be an enjoyable hobby for both adults and children. It’s inexpensive to do and a great way to get out and enjoy nature. If you have young children, it’s also a nice way to teach them about science. If you have collected a lot of softer stones, you may want to polish them to bring out their natural colors. The idea behind polishing stones is simple: as in nature, you rub a harder stone (in sandpaper or powder form) against a softer stone, to wear down the second stone’s outer layer. You don’t have to have any special tools or a tumbler; you can polish stones beautifully by hand.

  • Scrape the stone with the point of a pocket knife
  • Shape the stone with a hammer and chisel
  • Clean all the dirt and debris off the stones
  • Choose the stone that you wish to polish first
  • Take the 60 grit sandpaper and rub it across the stone
  • Dip the stone in the water again
  • Polish your stones with a tumbler
  • Apply a powdered polish onto a damp denim cloth
  • Polish your stone with a strip of leather.
  • Apply a rouge to the polished stone

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