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Choosing a Finish - Which is the right one for my Jewelry Design?

You've been dreaming about your perfect jewelry design for quite some time. The material, the shape, the layout, the text....in your mind you have hashed out the details time and time again. As you are about to complete your design at Metal Pressions you say to yourself eek! I haven't even thought about the finish... "what should I choose"?  It is pretty common for us to be working through a design with a customer and when asking questions, all of the details about their idea come quickly. But when it comes to the finish, there is often an overwhelming sound of silence. "I hadn't thought about that" they often reply. We then embark on a short series of questions with that customer to identify the finish that will suit their design and lifestyle best. Here is a summary of a description of our finishes and when and why you may want to choose one for your design.

 Wide Cuff Bracelets with Various Finishes


A highly reflective, mirrored finish most commonly found in traditional jewelry stores. While initially striking with it's reflectiveness, the lustre can fade quickly when selected for jewelry that you wear everyday. If you are not gentle with your jewelry or plan to wear it constantly, you may want to consider a different finish.

Polished Rose Gold Money Clip

Polished Gold and Diamond Pave Name Necklace
Bright Satin

A great alternative to polished. The only difference is that it doesn't show a clear reflection. Polished finishes tend to dull down and dull finishes tend to brighten up through processes of burnishing (clinking, clanking, banging, dinging, denting). At the end of the day, many items like rings and bracelets that see a lot of wear and tear naturally end up at a bright satin finish over time.

BFF Breakaway Guitar Pick Pendant in Bright Satin Finish


For those who want something a little more subtle and muted, our satin finish is a great choice. A matte finish that will not show any reflection on the surface. Silver or gold will have a soft look and lettering and stones tend to show more prominently with this finish.

Light Brushed

If you want something that is a bit more unconventional, light brushed is the finish for you. A look that is similar to satin but has fine uniform directional marks that may give you the distinct style you have been looking for. But keep in mind when choosing this finish for a silver item, it is more likely to tarnish since there is more exposed surface area.