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Out on the beach at last

after tides and conditions not being suitable did manage to find a cut at the mid tide mark after winds this week,after pulling some modern coins out hit a 9ct 5g band still deep but just got it,i would say its been there a while thought it might crack but its thick enough to survive,cleaned up beautifully.

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Always pays to keep an eye on the sands, eh?
Love the way 9ct transforms from ugly green blob to shiny goodness…or snaps when you’re giving it that final buff.

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So what did you use to clean it? Did you use a hand held buffer like a Dremel tool and any sort of cleaning liquid? Please tell all.

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Nice one Roy.

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5g thats a hefty one, congrats.

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cleaning gold is one of the best parts,this ring had a lot of scratches and the big copper content in 9ct tends to turn green almost like verdi grees on a coin,when it gets this bad buffing is not enough i attack it with 600 wet and dry to get all the marks out then a buff with the dremel and brasso.after all that its interesting to note the weight went from 5.1g to 5.0g well worth the loss of .1 of a gram.good luck to all. good tides coming up.

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On the bright side - that .1g was probably all copper oxide. Which raises the effective carat of the ring :wink:

I soak my crusties in 50% acetic to get rid of/soften the green gunk. Scrape with wood to remove the warts, then #800, then brass wire wheel on dremel, followed by brasso on denim, then cotton. If it’s a particularly nice ring, I’ll go to jewellers rouge for that extra sparkle.

Yep - two weeks to the big tides, although we have some good east coast swells over here at the moment. Could be time to use some annual leave.

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