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Types of Metal Surface Finishes and Techniques for Jewelry

As an OEM manufacturing supplier, we are able to make different types of metal surface finishes with advanced tools and techniques. By applying these finishes on jewelry, they look sparkling and brilliant.


Polished jewelry has a smooth surface, typically achieved through various polishing techniques. The process involves abrasion or friction to remove imperfections, scratches, or roughness from the surface to result in a glossy, reflective finish. It is affordable, trendy and popular.

Polished jewelry looks bright, shiny and brilliant.


Just like a kind of makeup, plating could make jewelry look more beautiful and stunning. It changes the texture and color of the jewelry to prevent corrosion, enhance color and durability, and prolong the life of the pieces.

Plating is the process by applying a thin coating of metal on top of a base metal. Generally, 5 colors are commonly applied, silver, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and black. We also could plate other colors according to customers specific needs, such as two-tone, antique gold, antique silver, antique copper, matte gold, light blue, sauce color, purple, pink, and etc.

Rainbow plating

It's a type of plating that creates a rainbow-like or iridescent effect on the jewelry surface, to achieve a unique and eye-catching appearance.

The rainbow effect can vary depending on the type of metals, the thickness of the layers, and the specific plating technique used. Common colors seen in rainbow plating include shades of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow, arranged in a distinctive, shimmering pattern resembling a rainbow.


Matte jewelry has a non-shiny finish. It is featured by a muted, velvety, or satin-like texture that lacks the glossy or polished appearance. They are wear resistant, understated and elegant.


Pull the sanding knife on the metal surface at a uniform speed to form a dense thread-like texture. It shows a silk thread effect, enhances the texture and refinement, and is not easy to be scratched.


Use the drill to pull on the metal to form out thread patterns on jewelry surface. It's similar to satin finish, but brushed finish has a texture, you can see clear lines on the metal surface, which look like they were made by wire brush.


The central part of the pendant can rotate 360 degrees, and both the edges and the center can be customized according to customers' requirements, available in any shape or size, no minimum order quantity, no mold cost.

Diamond cut

Diamond cut could make fine precise patterns with bright and shining surface, giving jewelry a more layered and three-dimensional feel.

Use diamond tool heads to cut in the surface of the metal with different blades rotating at a high speed, create mirror-like facets that catch the light. This kind of jewelry looks glittering, but can't be highly polished when fixing and caring.


The sandblast process can make the jewelry perfect in texture and more delicate. Use a sandblasting machine to rub on the surface of the jewelry with quartz sand under the action of high-pressure gas to form a frosting effect.


Hammered jewelry has a bumpy surface. It created by hammering all around the metal. Using a hammer to bring out an unparalleled texture which adds boldness and a sense of elegance. It's handmade, so each piece is slightly different.


The diamond head of the machine rotate and tap heavily on the metal. Lots of irregular and shinny pockmarks will be on the surface. It's similar to sandblast, but more coarser in texture, and better gloss finished.


Embossed jewelry has raised patterns on its surface. It is created by pressing or stamping a design onto a piece of metal. It's available for intricate and detailed designs. The embossed jewelry can also be further processed with techniques such as engraving, etching, inlaid, or enamel work to add depth, contrast, and color.


Debossed jewelry have designs or text pressed down into the metal. Unlike traditional engraving, debossing involves creating a depressed or indented area on the surface, resulting in a unique and textured appearance. It can feature intricate patterns, logos, or personalized messages.

Hard enamel

Colored enamel is applied onto a metal surface, then heated at high temperatures to create a durable and glossy finish.

Hard enamel jewelry is very gorgeous, with gem-like luster and texture, corrosion and water resistant, durable and long-lasting.

Soft enamel

You can barely find the difference between hard enamel and soft enamel just from photos.

For hard enamel, the color fills are at the same level as the metal lines, so the surface has a smooth finish. When you rub your finger over the surface, you can hardly feel the metal lines.

Soft enamel has a textured feeling due to the metal die lines. It can create a layered or “dimensional” look to the product. You can feel the raised and recessed details of the design. Very popular, more affordable and allow for various designs and colors.

Glitter enamel

Glitter enamel jewelry looks shiny and sparkles brightly in light by adding glitter powder to the enamel.

Enamel can also be combined with other materials, such as gemstones, crystals, pearls, and other decorative elements, to create unique and stunning jewelry pieces with a glittering and vibrant appearance.

Full color print

Using a printer to transfer a full-color image or design onto a jewelry piece. This can be done on various jewelry materials such as metal, plastic, or glass. The printer uses high-resolution graphics and vibrant colors to create detailed and intricate designs on the jewelry.

These jewelry pieces can feature a variety of designs, including photographs, artwork, patterns, sketches, or other customized images, making them unique and personalized.

Spray paint

Spray paint jewelry is coated with spray paint to create a desired color or finish.

It's used to transform the appearance of jewelry, add a pop of color to metal components, create a metallic or glossy finish, or achieve a distressed or weathered look.

Epoxy resin

Epoxy resin is a crystal clear material. It's normally applied on the metal surface when enamel or print process is done, It's used to seal and protect jewelry pieces from tarnishing or to create a barrier against moisture and other environmental factors that may affect the durability of the jewelry.

Glow in the dark

Glow in the dark jewelry emit a visible glow in the dark. They are made from materials that are capable of absorbing and storing the energy when exposed to light. When placing them in darkness, the stored energy is released as a visible glow, creating an illuminated effect.

They are available in various styles, shapes, and colors, and can be made of different types of materials, such as glass, resin, plastic, and metals. Sometimes, glow in the dark jewelry may also be combined with other materials, like gemstones, to create unique and eye-catching designs.


For inlaid jewelry, small pieces of different materials, such as gemstones, crystals, or pearls, are set into a base material to create a decorative pattern.

Typically, the base material is hard, which includes metal, acrylic. Inlaid jewelry requires skillful craftsmanship and attention to create complicated designs and achieve a high level of craftsmanship.


The etching process is used to make antique handcrafted jewelry or pieces with a specific style on metal surface.

Firstly, the surface to be retained are coated with an acid-resistant paint. Then put jewelry in an acidic solution to corrode the pattern.

Laser engraving

Laser engraving is a form of laser marking where the laser beam physically removes a portion of the material's surface to create a visible design. It can produce highly detailed and intricate designs with great precision. The material being engraved is not physically touched by the laser, which reduces the risk of damage. It is also faster and more efficient compared to traditional engraving methods.

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