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We re-polished the table of this Blue-green Tourmaline
while in the ring

A jeweler in Colorado sent us this ring which had many scratches in the table from being worn for years.

They asked me if we could re-polish the table while it is still in the ring. We do a lot of those.

This gemstone is bezel set. When a gem is bezel set and needs to be repaired, there is more risk for the jeweler to 'remove' the gemstone from the mounting than if it was prong set. And after the stone is repaired, there is also more risk when resetting in with a heavy bezel. That is why they like it when we can repair the stone while it is still in the mounting.

Photo of a ring with a row of Diamonds and a rectangular blue-green Tourmaline which has a scratched table.

Tourmaline in ring with scratched table

This is the ring which they sent to us.

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A close up photo of the table of the Tourmaline showing deep scratches and chips.

Close-up of scratches on the table

Here you can see the numerous scratches from years of being worn.

One of the scratches is pretty deep.

Shows me polishing the table of the Tourmaline on my polishing lap of my faceting machine.

Polishing the table

We are able to mount the ring in our faceting machine in a special way to re-polish the table.

In this photo we have the table on a pre-polish lap to take out the deep pits and scratches.

After this we go to a different lap for the high polish.

Photo shows the table of the Tourmaline almost finished.

A new polish on the table

I am almost finished polishing the table.

Shows the finished table of the Tourmaline with a new polish and the scratches repaired.

The finished table with a new polish on the Tourmaline

Here you can see the new polish with all of the chips and scratches gone.

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.