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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.
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!
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, P.E.
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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.
gunsmith - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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