Ring Finishes

The “finish” on a ring is the final surface treatment constructed by hand, each creating a distinctive look and character.

The classic “Polish” finish is actually a very time intensive series of steps.

First, we sand the metal through various grits to remove all surface imperfections and areas of un-evenness.

Then we make the metal even smoother, creating an extremely smooth texture with abrasive compounds and various kinds of felt and cotton wheels.

Finally, we buff the metal with super-soft woven cotton wheel at a very high speed to bring the final appearance to a mirror like appearance.

There’s about a 100 ways to polish metal, all of them probably more labor intensive than you’d guess.


Our team of jewelry artisans are expertly trained to work with all of our metals and exotic materials. They use our specially developed techniques to make each ring we produce as perfect as possible, and with a billion combinations of metals, inlays, diamonds, and finishes it’s no small feat. There’s no robots, machines, or short-cuts in finishing each ring to order. Every ring is literally made by hand by one or more of our artists we call “finishers,” making each ring truly custom.


Here’s a quick snapshot of our 19 different finishes. Good luck choosing!

Polish – Classic, high-polish or mirror-like finish

Satin – A simple, semi-matte finish, often called brushed. The even lines throughout the metal gives it a subtle alternative to the classic polish while still being smooth and simple.

Angle Satin – Like the Satin finish but applied at approximately a 45 degree angle which catches the light in an interesting pattern.

Cross Satin – Uniform lines across the surface which creates a bright-cut effect as it catches the light, applied perpendicular to the ring.

Stone – Coarse but even, stone is a textured finish that is not as random nor as aggressive as a Rock finish or Treebark.

Angle Stone – Like the Stone finish but applied at approximately a 45 degree angle which catches the light in an interesting way.

Bead – A completely even, smooth and matte finish. Created through a sandblasting technique but using tiny glass beads as the media. Brighter than sand.

Sand – A completely matte finish, very even, without lines like a satin finish. Applied by literally sandblasting the metal. Similar to, but darker than the Bead finish.

Hammer – Small, random facets throughout making the surface slightly uneven and creating a more textured look.

Machine – Designed with the help of a cutting tool while the ring is spinning, giving it a “machined” cut look.

Distressed – A random, scratched looking finish with an antique or well-worn appearance.

Treebark 1 – Dramatic hand-carved lines that run across the width of a ring forming a bark like look. It’s very textured to the touch, without being rough against the skin.

Treebark H – Like the Treebark 1, but runs parallel with the ring, completing the circle.

Treebark 3 – Like the other Treebarks, a randomized hand-scraped kind of look, but slightly more aggressive in depth and texture. It’s highly polished which catches the light making it striking from every angle.

Rock – Our most textured, aggressive finish. Random but patterned facets hand-cut in to the metal.

Rock Polish – The same as Rock, but each facet is polished and slightly smoother overall.

Stipple – Completely covers the metal with tiny pits that creates a pebbled kind of texture. Resembles a rough concrete, or stone.

Acid – Only for Damascus steel, a process that darkens the recessed layers of the 2-layer metal adding contrast and making the pattern really stand out. Can fade over the years.

Recessed Polish – Only applies to small precious metal inlays- a polished finish that is slightly recessed or lower than the main metal of the ring allowing the option of combining contrasting finishes (distressed for example).