4 DIY Hacks to Polish Your Jewelry [Infographic]

Such precious jewelry yet it’s polish deteriorates.

The main causes of tarnished jewelry are:

  • Your jewelry is not made of pure gold/silver, etc. and thus it corrodes & oxidizes.
  • Air pollution
  • Perfume, soap, detergent, wax, lotions, bleach, etc.
  • Minerals
  • Cosmetics which contains zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and Calamine
  • Corrosion of the metals
  • Metallic abrasion
  • Harmful polishing cloth
  • When exposed to a swimming pool or hot tub
  • Careless handling and negligence

How long your jewelry sustains depends on how much of its metal parts are tarnish-resistant. The tarnish tends to turn jewelry into different colors (black, green, blue, etc). When this color transformation occurs, it is essential that your Jewelry undergoes frequent polishing else the tarnish will completely deteriorate the jewelry.

Usually, the factory process comprises of using tumbling media to polish & retain a jewelry’s radiance.

But if you’re someone who:

  1. Have no money to invest in a goldsmith or factory process,
  2. Have less time,
  3. Have no trust in industry process.

 

Then, we’ve got your back. Learn 4 Do-It-Yourself hacks to polish your Jewelry from the below infographic:

 

We hope you try the Jewelry polishing hacks & be amused!

Also, here are 10 tips to prevent your Jewelry from getting tarnished:

  1. Store your Jewelry in a zipped purse. Suited purse material to store any Jewelry is Cotton, Wool, Wooden boxes & velvet. Avoid storing your Jewelry in linen and jersey materials. While traveling, carry jewelry cases or jewelry rolls.
  2. Do not keep delicate jewelry with sharp jewelry.
  3. Sort & store each Jewelry separately according to its type.
  4. Keep the Jewelry away from sun, heating vents & sources.
  5. Use ultrasonic cleaners to clean your Jewelry only after consulting a Jewelry expert.
  6. Get your expensive Jewelry checked out at least thrice a year by a Jewelry expert to ensure its state.
  7. Remove Jewelry while playing sports and cleaning your home.
  8. Get educated about what constitutes the process of Jewelry cleaning. Go out for factory tours, talk to jewelry experts and read substantial blogs on jewelry care. Keep an eye on broken clasps, deep scratches or chain links. Above all, understand when to reach out to a professional Jewelry expert.
  9. Invest your time in creating a jewelry care kit which tends to work just like a first aid during an emergency. Pieces of equipment you can include in your Jewelry care kit are soft-brushes, cotton cloth, tweezers, glue, detergent, etc.
  10. Do not use silver ‘dip’ cleaners on your gold jewelry. Also, avoid using abrasive cleaners.

 

Now, there still will be rare times when you have a lot of Jewelry or the Jewelry might be very delicate that cannot be polished at home. In such cases, try approaching a company which has centrifugal disc finishing machine or Vibratory tumbling machine and uses advanced tumbling media.

If you’re a goldsmith, a reseller or a jewelry expert using mass finishing machines, you sure do not want to miss out on advanced tumbling media. These units are worth a buy if you own a lot of jewelry.

Besides jewelry, tumbling media can also help you polish surfaces of various types. So, if you want to polish almost any surface, use the below sheet which comprises of a list of things which can be polished using Tumbling Media:

 

Purpose: Use Method/Media:
High energy finishing process Use Porcelain Tumbling Media
To remove rust on iron parts Use Ceramic Tumbling Media
For polishing soft metals Use Walnut Shell Tumbling
Metal polishing Use Porcelain Tumbling Media
For brass polishing Use Corn Cob Tumbling Media
Plastic Polishing Use Porcelain Tumbling Media
For polishing & cutting without changing parts dimension Use 3P Granule Tumbling Media
For Steel & Titanium Deburring Use Ceramic Tumbling Media
For Grinding & Milling Use Zirconia Ball
For creating a Radius Use Ceramic Tumbling Media
For polishing plastic parts Use Walnut Shell Tumbling
For Mirror Finishing Use High-Density Tumbling Media
To improve surface finishing Use Porcelain Tumbling Media
When the surface is ready for microbrite porcelain ball to burnish. Use Z1 Zirconium Polyester Plastic Media
For effectively preventing media lodge in parts Use CX Nipple shape Plastic Abrasive Media
For removing machining marks Use Ceramic Tumbling Media
For oil & grease absorbing Use Corn Cob Tumbling Media
For polishing electric parts Use Zirconia Ball
For edge rounding Use Ceramic Tumbling Media
For plastic & rubber smoothing Use Plastic Media
For finishing 3D printed parts Use Walnut Shell Tumbling
For polishing gold & silver Use Zirconia Ball
For removing slag & grease on laser cutting parts Use Ceramic Tumbling Media
For metal & plastic light polishing Use Corn Cob Tumbling Media
For high value-added metal like medical parts, aerospace blade, etc. Use Z1 Zirconium Polyester Plastic Media
For finishing delicate parts Use Walnut Shell Tumbling
Deburring & polishing in the same process Use High-Density Tumbling Media
Finishing and deburring on hard-to-reach-area of parts, so we can remove deep burr easier. Use CX Nipple shape Plastic Abrasive Media
For titanium metal parts Use Z1 Zirconium Polyester Plastic Media
For deburring brass & aluminium parts Use Plastic Media
For jewelry polishing Use Walnut Shell Tumbling
For reducing metal porosity Use Carbon Steel Tumbling Media
For increasing wear resistance in an object Use Stainless Steel Tumbling Media
For tumbling large parts Use High-Density Tumbling Media
For parts drying & cleaning Use Corn Cob Tumbling Media
For pre-plating finishing Use Plastic Media
For having an object enter into small hole & contour Use 3P Granule Tumbling Media
Surface case-hardening Use Stainless Steel Tumbling Media
For metal polishing & metal surface work-hardening Use Carbon Steel Tumbling Media
The process can replace ceramic media and common polyester plastic media into one steps. Use Z1 Zirconium Polyester Plastic Media
For machining lines removal Use Plastic Media
For high luster finishing Use Carbon Steel Tumbling Media
For replacing steel tumbling media Use Zirconia Ball
For aggressive acidic compound polishing process Use Stainless Steel Tumbling Media
For high energy centrifugal barrel machines Use 3P Granule Tumbling Media
Used in centrifugal disc finishing machine and vibratory finishing machines. Use Z1 Zirconium Polyester Plastic Media
Suitable for aluminum deburring and smoothing, zamak3 material pre-plating treatment. Use CX Nipple shape Plastic Abrasive Media

 

We hope this blog post helps you take care of your precious jewelry in an efficient manner. Got questions? Feel free to approach us regarding any questions or feedback at info@inovatecmachinery.com or call us on +86-572-2261276.

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Further reading: The Vibratory Finishing 101: A Layman’s Guide