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Finishing Types
Finishing Types

About Ring Finishes

Determining the final look of the ring, ring finishing is the last stage of craftsmanship before the ring is thought to be ready to wear, hence the name ring finishes. Ring finish is actually the treatment of the outer surface of the ring, which gives the band its ultimate look and feel. The purpose of ring finishes is to highlight the radiance of the precious metal you choose for your ring, as well as the ring's unique design. As with all jewellery decisions, ring finishes are a matter of style and personal preference, reflecting the personality of the wearer.

Levels Of Finish: Semi-Mount vs. Finished

Some reputable jeweller's offer both semi mount and finished options for many jewellery designs. If you already have a center diamond or precious stone you would like to set, you can choose the semi mount option during the customization process and purchase the item with only the side stones.

Finished Jewellery

This includes complete and ready to wear jewellery that is polished and set with all stones.

Semi-Finished Jewellery

Semi-finished jewellery is partially complete and typically set with accent gems. Due to increased flexibility and extreme variety of cost of larger gemstones (based on quality and size), the center setting is incomplete. This way, a jeweller can remount your existing gemstone, set an in-stock gemstone, or purchase a new gem based on your own preference.

Semi-Mount With Head

This type refers to a polished and set piece with side stones or melee and is complete with a fixed head. The center stone itself remains to be set.

Semi-Mount Without Head

Set with side stones or melee, but with no head or center stone. The center setting itself still needs to be installed and set.

Unfinished Jewellery

This refers to jewellery which is available in different degrees of finish.


A raw casting is one that needs to be sanded, polished, and, if needed, set with stones.


A semi-polished piece of jewellery has been tumbled but needs a final polish and all stones to be set.


A polished jewellery item is complete pertaining to finishing, but all stones still must be set if needed.


Findings are components or parts used in the making of jewellery (for example, heads, earwires, basket settings, jump rings, posts, etc.).

Popular Ring Finishes

Rings are available in a varying scale of polish, ranging from polished ring finishes to rough surfaces. The three most popular ring finishes are polished, satin, and brushed.

The Polished Ring Finish

Polished ring finishes are the most popular choice among jewellery consumers, as they provide what has come to be known as a classic, traditional appearance. This is a ring finish that tends to be noticed due to its shine, hence the name "polished". In fact, polished rings finishes are so shiny that you can view your own reflection in a polished ring. Therefore, polished ring finishes are ideal for emphasizing the luster of your ring's metal.

The Satin Ring Finish

Satin ring finishes are a close second in popularity among jewellery consumers, ranked immediately after polished ring finishes. Much like the polished ring finish, the satin ring finish is very smooth, yet it lacks the reflective quality of polished rings. Therefore, it is the ultimate choice for those who want the polished ring's smoothness, without the shine. Satin finished rings are somewhat reflective, yet rather foggy, much like a foggy mirror. The satin finish emits a gentle glow, offering a soft, lustrous, mature appearance with an almost satiny look and feel, hence the name "satin". The very fine brushed lines on satin finished rings give them the added advantage of hiding slight scratches in the precious metal of the band. Another valued quality of the satin ring finish is that it wears to a dull shine of the precious metal's natural color.

The Brushed Ring Finish

Brushed ring finishes are non-reflective finishes with a subtle, tasteful shimmer. Similar to the satin ring finish, the brushed finish lacks shine. Still, what it lacks in shine, it makes up for in texture. In fact, the main difference between satin and brushed ring finishes is the brushed ring's fine shimmering texture. This ring finish is created with a texturing method applied to precious metal bands. In this process, minuscule lines are etched onto the surface of the ring in succession by means of a brush made of wire, thus the name "brushed" ring finish.

The Hammered Ring Finish

Made popular by its unique appearance, the hammered ring finish is a definite crowd favorite. Known for its incredible contours and unusual aesthetics, the hammered ting finish is used to add texture to the ring's precious metal band. Using a light hammer along the band's surface, a jeweller will create a textured, distressed look designed to enhance the amount of light reflected by the ring's textured band, producing an eye catching, one of a kind ring.

The Florentine Ring Finish

Applied with a practiced hand and a line graver, a Florentine finished ring features delicate, textured criss-cross patterns resembling ridged diamond-cuts along the band's surface. Florentine ring finishes were designed to add a touch of romance and sophistication to a ring, its contours and lines meant to complement a diamond center stone's natural brilliance and sparkle by reflecting light back up to the diamond center.

Ring Finishes

Ring Finishes

Ring Finishes.

Design Details

Another element of jewellery style is design detail. From edge detailing to engraving options to the kind of finishing done during the final stage of production, the design details are truly what makes each design a one of a kind item.


Lace like ornamental work forms thin wires of intricately arranged and intertwined precious metal. Options can include: plain, twisted or plaited.

Filigree Finish

Filigree Finish.


The edge is expertly shaped into a fine beading.

Millgrain Finish

Millgrain Finish.

Optional Inside Engraving

It is possible to add a personalized message to most of the ring designs. When you add engraving, you can choose from different font types and use up to 20 characters. You can view your message on a ring sample before you confirm the engraving, from the jeweller, to see how it will appear.

Optional Inside Engraving

Optional Inside Engraving.

Design Details Commonly Used In Fine Jewellery Creation:

Design Details ommonly used in fine jewellery

Design Details commonly used in fine jewellery.