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Can I un-polish my polished ring?


Q. I was given a very nice piece of blue chrysocolla, however it is polished and I prefer it in its natural state. Would there be any way to achieve that after it's gone through the process of polishing? Thanks for any advice.

Sherry O.
Hobbyist - Ottawa Canada
September 18, 2023

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Q. I recently purchased a "polished" silver ring. I love the ring style, but hate the "polished" look. It looks like stainless not silver. I would love to un-polish it, to have a more natural silver look. It wasn't an expensive ring (less than $100). So, I am not really worried about damaging it.

I'd love some suggestions on ideas on how to un-polish this thing?

I considered putting in my kids' rock tumbler [affil link] ... I still might.

Thanks So Much!

Caroline Kelly
Curious... - Olmstedville, New York, USA
May 3, 2011

A. Hi, Caroline. While you are setting up your kid's rock tumbler [affil link], let them amuse themselves with your ring and a piece of coarse sandpaper.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

A. Well if it has stones in it I wouldn't put it in the rock polisher and if you leave it in the polisher too long it will disappear. Silver is soft, wear it a while gardening and at work it will be beat up in a month.

rod henrickson
Rod Henrickson
gunsmith - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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