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.
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).