How to Polish Jade

Updated February 21, 2017

Jade is a soft green stone that is found in varying shades around the world. When you find rough jade, it may not appear particularly colourful. However, when the same stone is polished in a rock polisher, it will be transformed into a stone that is vibrant and beautiful. You can make your own polished jade stones inexpensively by using a rock polisher and different textures of sand in your own home.

Remove the canister from a rock polisher, and pour enough water into the canister to fill it halfway full. Add 1/2 cup of coarse-grain sand into the canister, and pour in 1 cup of rough jade rocks. Place the canister back onto the rock polisher and plug it in. Turn the polisher on and let it run for 24 hours. The coarse-grain sand will remove sharp edges and large areas of roughness.

Remove the canister from the rock polisher and empty it out over a colander. Run clean water over the jade rocks.

Refill the canister halfway full with water again, and add in 1/2 cup of medium-grain sand. Pour the jade rocks back into the canister and place the canister back onto the rock polisher. Turn the polisher back on and run it for 24 hours. The medium-grain sand will shape the jade rocks into rounded, smoother stones.

Remove the canister again and empty it out into a colander. Run clean water over the jade stones.

Refill the canister for a third time halfway full with water. Add in 1/2 cup of fine-grain sand and the jade stones. Place the canister back onto the rock polisher and run it for another 24 hours. The fine-grain sand will smooth down the jade stones so that they have a shiny, silky appearance.

Empty the canister over a colander again and rinse off the polished jade stones with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Rock polisher
  • Coarse-grain sand
  • Medium-grain sand
  • Fine-grain sand
  • Rough jade rocks
  • Colander
  • Towel
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