The finishing of platinum jewellery requires some preparation. It takes several additional steps to finish platinum compared with gold or silver. When platinum is used in conjunction with gold or other metals, the platinum must be polished first, as otherwise the other metals will be over polished. The best way to polish platinum is to use the compounds that are made for this purpose. Go from a coarse grit to an ever finer polish, until all scratches are invisible and the piece is ready for the final buffing. This extra effort is well worth the result. Platinum can be polished to a very high lustre, which will last for a very long time, but also lends itself to many types of surface finishes.