Drilling Gemstones

Who says that gem drilling can only be done by experts? That's true, but it's possible to do it on your own. Not all gem bearers have the courage to put a hole in their expensive property. It sounds like an all-or-nothing challenge. Some are so weak that they can break with a single shot. This is why you need to be very careful when drilling these gemstones.

What’s the purpose of drilling?

One is to make your own jewelry for decoration and fashion. Exercises allow you to combine old and boring jewelry. The basic and essential tip for drilling is drill. You can do this with jewelry made of ordinary stones and glass. They're really cheap, and you won't regret it until you break it.


What you’ll need is a drill press and a drill bit. 

The first thing to do is to decide which part of the hole you are going to drill into the hole. You can do this by knowing where you hang or mount your gem. You need to understand that every hole drilled in a gem reduces its integrity by adding flaws to its surface. Then you should fill the jar with water. Drilling in water for wet drill bits is an easy and acceptable way. It does not mess up or bother you to collect and clear the fallen debris. Drills have a built-in cooling function that drains water. Let the drill be perpendicular to the stone. Make the right angle because if your angle is a little off the grid, you may crack at the exit or entry point. So be specific. Slowly perform up and down movement. This allows the water to move under the drill bit. Do not exert too much pressure, as it will destroy the gem.


The recommended size for beginners is to start drilling below an inch. This is especially recommended when working with soft gems. Also, soft gems do not require diamond bits. Now that everything is done, you can clean the particles around your gem and see how the drill is formed. If you find that you have pierced clean, you can begin to consider the full course of jewelry making when the excitement hits you. But other than that, you can now clean your gem and dry it. A popular piercing is laser piercing. This generally applies to hard gems like diamonds. The material used for this process is different from a normal drilling machine. You need a thin and strong laser beam and a vacuum oven. The purpose of this drilling is to remove impurities seen in the diamond and produce clarity.


Bits of advice before, during and after the drilling process:

  1. Do not compromise the quality and price of the drill. While alternative drills are quite cheap and is almost exactly the same result, you can’t gamble such precious gems. Precision of clear drilling isn’t assured therefore you’re gem is at risk.
  2. Use glasses that will protect your eyes from flying particles when drilling.
  3. If you’re too scared to drill a straight line, let the dealers do it.


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