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Quartz polishing

I have acquired some beautiful quartz rough and saw a comment that cerium oxide would not polish it well please would you suggest the best polishing agent for my use,thanks in advance.

Cerium oxide works wonderful on all quartz’s. That’s all I use to polish my quartz stone. But remember it has to be really clean prepolish before moving on to cerium oxide, I usually go from a 3k grit lap to cerium oxide ultra lap with perfect results.


Thank you for your reply I’ll go with that then.

This is a quite timely topic. I have some awesome Quartz coming in now, in fact, it was just shipped today and will be here next week. I am looking forward to making some unusual cuttings with them. (I hope.) I have ordered in some cerium oxide for polishing them with and was wondering the same thing.
All the very best.

Otter Sir… Could u share the pics plz once u have cut the quarts and polished them

Are you cutting it with a Faceting machine or dremel tool?

David Beasley,
I am using a fordham tool and diamond files. I am kinda old fashioned like that. Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my left hand in a few weeks. I have an opal and a piece of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise that I am finishing up for a friend overseas. I tried a lap machine in the past but just could not get the hang of it. I can make some fun free forms with the Fordham and files. Finding good diamond bits in unique shapes is not easy so I go through a lot of the cheap ones from the Harbor freight store here in the States. I’m a frequent flyer at that store. Lol. A gal has to cut corners some place! My hobby is not always cheap. I will post some pictures as soon as I cut these. Or get them going. I would lover to get at least one going before my surgery. A pre cut would be nice so I have an idea of what I want the stone to look like in the end would be nice.
All the very best,

Gotchya, I am here in states as well, I live in a remote place that basically has nothing, have to get everything from harbor freights or amazon or online, I cut a bunch of quartz and polished them with a Dremel tool with the felt like round thingy and some cerium oxide. The real trick is to get it really smooth before polish. Love to see some of your work.