Forums Polishing Polish for Beryl

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  • #2846

    OpalAddict
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    @OpalAddict

    Hey all,
    I am having a heck of a time getting the fine scratches out of Aquamarine and golden Beryl. I have a battlap and a Darkside for polishing. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help and have a great day!!
    Ed

    #2876

    Tom Mitchell
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    @tommitchell

    Ed,

    Cerium oxide and chromium oxide are both good polishes for beryl. Although, if you are using powder chromium oxide it will find its way into the pours of your stone, leaving it green.

    My polish of choice for beryl is cerium oxide. There are a few places where you can get cerium laps as well as two different grades of cerium. LightningLap.com sells cerium laps as toppers that use the white cerium (99%). These cost around $30.00 and they work exceptionally well.

    Pol-A-Gem sells standard size red cerium laps (94%) that also work quite well.

    The difference between red and white cerium is that the red is a bit more coarse. But as far as polishing is concerned the finish they leave is like the difference between 100,000 and 200,000 diamond, which is very slight and only noticeable under magnification.

    Gearloose sells the Greenway lap which is green in color and uses chromium. I have not tried to use it on anything but green stones, so I don’t know if it leaves any green residue on the stone.

    You can also get a combo pack of ultra laps that have cerium, aluminum, chromium and tin oxide. They work well but leave a slightly rounded meet.

    If you choose to use the white cerium laps there is another suggestion that I have. Covington sells a cerium spray kit which includes a spray bottle and some white cerium powder. You put a measured amount of cerium powder in the bottle, add water and shake before spraying it on your polishing lap. Gearloose also sells red cerium batsticks which work well with darkside and battlaps.

    Tom Mitchell

    #2877

    Alan Balmer
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    @alanbalmer

    The Greenway is excellent on beryls, and leaves no residue. People who can afford emerald seem to like it because it doesn’t collect in the cracks 🙂
    Some people have reported good results from the Creamway (zirconium oxide), but it really shines on quartz (pun intended).

    #2937

    OpalAddict
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    @OpalAddict

    Thank you both for the responses. I had great luck with both ideas! Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your time!!

    Ed

    #5060

    gemmakermz
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    @gemmakermz

    again i repeat the easiest way to polish is tin and diamond and works on all stones. we cut at fast speeds and use a 1200 metal bond(plated) diamond wheel for final, before polish. now when polishing we go VERY slow on a tin lap made by whomever and DEFINITELY NOT scored in any way. run slow with VERY low drip of water, no oil or paste, and just a finger tip touch of powder on the working area of lap to make a mud/slur will give a perfect polish. i/we use a good grade of 50,000 grit powder. i buy it on ebay from china at $80 for 1000 carats, 8 cents a ct., and lasts for a very long time many stones by several cutters. the diamond at this slow speed tends to charge the tin lap. using so little water doesn’t wash of the diamond just the cuttings off, even at 50,000 your cutting.. scoring leaves chanals for cutting to build up in and dry out causing build up scratching, even dried polish can scratch. and flooding with water just washes the polishing agent off the lap. gemmakermz@cs.com

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