Different Types of Finishes
One of the ways to give rings a different appearance is to give them different finishes. This way the same ring style can have many different variations. The most common finishes are: Polished, Satin, Brushed and Hammered.
Satin finished rings are smooth to the touch like like polished finish rings. However, you will not be able to see your reflection on the surface of the ring. It is kind of like a mirror that is fogged up. For example, a bathroom mirror after you take a shower. This type of finish is best for those who like the smoothness of a polished finish ring, but do not want the shininess of that finish.
A brushed finish is similar to a satin finish. Both, the satin finish and the brush finish are not shiny. The difference is that a brushed finish has a texture to it. It looks as if the texture was made with a wire brush. You can see tiny brush-like marks on the finish , hence the name brushed finish. This type of finish is very popular on men’s brushed finish tungsten wedding bands because it is not shiny and if the ring gets scratched, it will not show up easily on the ring’s surface.
This type of finish is quite popular with men who prefer a non-shiny finish and want something unique. The texture of this finish is a dimpled look, that looks like a hammer was used to pound each dimple on the surface of the ring, thus the name of this finish. This finish is usually two finishes in one. First, it is hammered, then a satin finish is applied to the hammered finish so it will not be reflective.