Finish Descriptions


  • Honed finish - Sanded with diamond pads to remove machining and sawing marks producing a flat, smooth, non-shiny surface.

  • Brushed or leathered finish - Brushed with diamond brushes to remove machining and sawing marks producing a variable glossy or shiny, irregular leather like surface. The term brushed and the term leathered refer to the same finish.

  • Sandblasted finish - Mostly uniform coarse, abrasive finish, tends to make stone lighter in color, softer areas in stone may be more irregular. Available in light, standard and heavy. Standard is assumed unless specified otherwise.

  • Thermal or flamed finish - Variable irregular, coarse and abrasive finish, typically more irregular & less uniform along the edges and corners. Not compatible with some stones. The term thermalled and the term flamed refer to the same finish.

  • Thermal + brushed – A two step finish, first thermalled as described above then brushed reducing the abrasiveness of the thermalled surface and possibly making the surface somewhat shiny..

  • Natural cleft finish – Overall flat surface showing natural characteristics, the surface will contain variable fluctuations revealing a more natural irregular surface appearance.

  • Polished finish - A smooth, glossy, shiny finish that will vary based on the hardness and density of each stone, at times dark stones may have variable clouding visible.

  • Sawed or milled finish - Will containing variable machine, tool and saw marks some possible chipping at edges and corners.

  • Honed, brushed and polished finish adjoining edges are typically eased to remove the sharpness.

  • Not all stones lend themselves to every finish described above, finish results will vary from stone to stone and due to the nature of custom hand finishing natural stone.

  • Custom finishes are a common request, please inquire.



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