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Types of Metal Surface Finishes for Jewelry

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

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.


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.


Most of the trendy jewelry are polished by machine instead of hands, which is time-consuming and low efficiency. The most common polish is using a polishing wheel to buff the pieces to bright shine, remove rough or blurry spots on the metal to even.


Matte finish looks dull, no shinning on the surface, 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.


Normal brushed: 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.

Colored brushed: Use the drill to pull on the metal to form out colored thread patterns on jewelry surface. Under the light, it shows rainbow-like colors, has an extremely gorgeous visual effect.

Multifaceted cut

Multifaceted 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.


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.


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

Apply color glaze to jewelry by fusing powdered glass to gold, silver, copper and other metals or ceramics and glass.

Epoxy resin

It's similar to enamel jewelry, just replace color glaze with epoxy resin, no heating process.


Firstly, the surface to be retained are coated with an acid-resistant paint. Then put jewelry in an acidic solution to corrode the pattern. The etching process is used to make antique handcrafted jewelry or pieces with a specific style on metal surface.

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