Best Practices: Platinum Tools and How to Avoid Contamination

Quality Assurance Benchmarks highlight workmanship of semi-finished and finished jewelry. Learn best practices for working with platinum tools, including how to avoid contamination.

Jeweler working with various platinum tools at the bench
Jeweler working at the bench; dedicated containers for platinum tools are visible

Tools for Working with Platinum

Metal ring mandrel resting against a bench pin
Two platinum work brushes; the top brush has natural bristles
Soldering tweezers
Welding lens for platinum use, including a removable cover that is used to provide shade for the lens
Holding a magnet to a platinum ring
Filing a platinum ring with a file
Jeweler using a hammer handpiece to check for loose stones on a pave-set diamond band
Close up of a jeweler holding a ring clamp
Jeweler using a ring stretcher, wrapped with paper, to stretch a band

Tools for Prefinishing, Polishing and Buffing Platinum

Tray containing five compartments of platinum polishing compound, and five additional compartments with various wheels and brushes
Hard, cone-shaped wheel and platinum polishing compound polishing the inside of a platinum ring’s peg setting
Abrasive sponge being used on a platinum ring band
Rotary burnisher being used to smooth the inside of a platinum ring shank
Abrasive stick prefinishing a platinum ring’s peg setting
Jeweler using a small abrasive tool to prefinish a platinum ring’s peg setting for a solitaire ring
Four pieces of micro-finishing film wrapped around sanding sticks

Tools for Soldering Platinum

Alumina soldering block being used to solder a platinum solitaire ring
Torch with single cone tip being used to solder a platinum ring setting

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