Final Touches

Mirror – This is the reflective finish most people are used to seeing on silver and gold jewelry.

Satin – This is a gently brushed finish that gives the piece that look of fine steel but brighter. It also makes surface scratches unnoticeable, so it is ideal for heavy use items like rings.

Hammered – As you can tell by the name this finish is created with a hammer and anvil. This is the most durable finish. It case hardens the piece, making it more resistant to scratches and dents. If by some chance you should bruise a hammered piece of jewelry, it would be virtually undetectable.

It should be noted that most of the “hammered” bowls and items on the market these days are done by machine, and very rarely involve an actually hammer as they are usually cast or pressed. You can always detect these pieces by the rounded and consistent dimples. In a true hammered piece the grooves should be irregular, some elongated, and flow into each other like waves on an ocean. This is why it is one of my favorite finishes, even though it is the most difficult to create since every blow of the hammer changes the shape of the piece.

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