Professional Jeweler Archive: Seven Classic Finishes

August 2001

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Seven Classic Finishes

This is 16th in a series of articles Professional Jeweler is presenting on jewelry styles. Learning about different styles, selling points and where they come from can make your job more interesting and profitable


A form of surface decorating that imitates the rough exterior of a tree. Metal is held on an engraver’s block and hand-etched with a sharply pointed steel tool. This 14k gold bark finished lapel pin is from Stuller.

Stuller, Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (800) 444-4741,,


A textured surface created by engraving parallel lines closely in one direction then cross-hatching at 90&Mac251; with parallel lines engraved more lightly. These 14k hoop earrings have a florentine finish.

Carla Corp., East Providence, RI; (401) 438-7070, fax (401) 438-0455,

High Polish & Brushed

The time-consuming process of giving jewelry a high polish begins with a polishing lathe fitted with various polishing brushes charged with emery powder and oil or with tripoli. Polishing continues by lathe or hand, using a polishing mop charged with tripoli or rouge. The piece is completed by buffing with a buff stick. Small areas are polished by burnishing. The interior of a ring is polished with a felt cone attached to the spindle on the lathe or a ring stick. A brushed – or matte – finish is produced with a wire brush revolving on a lathe. Dolphin pendant features high polish accented with a brushed finish.

Dazzlers, Los Angeles, CA; (800) 421-0111 or (213) 620-9623, fax (800) 458-2512 or (213) 620-1160.

Satin, Bright Cut & Engraving

This sterling silver money clip features a combination of satin, bright cut and engraved finishes. The smooth luster of a satin finish is created by brushing the metal. Bright cutting is achieved by cutting sharply into metal at an angle with short strokes, then highly burnishing to make the design stand out from the surrounding area. Engraving creates decoration with lines, characters, patterns or portraits cut into the surface. Craftsmen skilled in calligraphy usually engrave monograms and inscriptions.

Leonore Doskow Inc., Montrose, NY; (914) 737-1335, fax (914) 737-5049.

– by Lorraine M. O'Donnell, A.J.P.

Photos by Robert Weldon

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