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Polished vs Brushed Gold Ring Finish Comparison Guide

September 05, 2019 2 min read

Polished vs brushed gold rings

Polished, Brushed & Frost Finishes

Here in the studio we can apply various finishes to our metals. A polished finish is by far the most popular and our default finish for most styles but some of our customers ask for a brushed satin-matte finish or our unique "frost" finish. These are available upon request to almost any style at no additional charge.

Looking for something subtle?

Many of our customers like the look of our brushed or frost finish when they want a more subtle looking gold. Customers who have never worn a ring before often request these finishes when they want a more "toned down" look to their gold so that it doesn't look so flashy. It's all a personal choice!

How it's made

A polished finish is created by using polishing compounds and a fast-spinning brush to smooth out the gold surface. A satin-matte (sometimes called "brushed") finish is created by using a fine grit surface and brushing it in one direction against the gold. Our frost finish is one of our newer finishes that is similar to a brushed finish but it is a bit deeper and goes in every direction against the gold. 


Over time, these finishes will change.The high shine of a polished ring will wear down to a duller look and the brushed and frost finishes will become burnished with small blemishes creating a shinier look over time. Within a few weeks to a few months, all finishes more or less meet in the middle and will look the same. This is because there are many objects that we come into contact with on a daily basis that are harder than gold like car keys, door handles, table tops, etc. Every time surfaces come into contact with one another, a tiny battle ensues and the harder object will leave a small scratch on the softer object. Gold will always be lightly scratched by harder objects so over time you'll have a ring with many tiny scratches in many directions. It doesn't look bad but it's impossible to avoid.