I would like to make woven wire jewelry which incorporates Swarovski crystals, Freshwater pearls, gemstones (some softer than 5 on the Mohs scale and Sterling Silver/ Argentium Silver or Gold Filled wire. I understand that tumbling would not be the right cleaning solution for these pieces. Can you suggest a good polishing method?
Stacy's Answer:Unfortunately, there is no easy way to polish intricate and delicate jewelry like you're describing. A polishing cloth such as the Sunshine cloth from Rio Grande or a silver polishing cloth with a polishing/tarnish resisting chemical works best when applied by hand. You are correct in that you cannot tumble pearls and you do not want to have to worry about picking any polishing medium from delicate wirework. If you use tarnish resistant silver wire like Argentium, then the need for polishing will be greatly reduced and make the care of such items easier for the wearer.
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