con·trast·ing fin·ish | kən-ˈtrast-iŋ fi-nish
A jewelry finish in which different parts of the piece have different finishes
A contrasting finish is an excellent design element for wedding sets or split shank rings. One section may have a polished, brushed, hammered, sandblasted, or matte finish, while the other section(s) would have another. A contrasting jewelry finish is deemed desirable by jewelry designers and wearers worldwide. This is for many reasons, one of which is it exudes precision, character, and exuberance. Matte finishing provides a lustrous, silken look, while a brushed finish offers a more simple and homespun look, with definition on the visible strokes. On the other hand a satin finish is far more toned down, offering less marks than its predecessor (the brushed finish). Furthermore, a hammered finish has been crowned its name as jewelry hammer the metal. Hammered finishes are often found in men’s wedding bands. If you come across a silver piece of jewelry that has been oxidized, it means it has undergone the natural process darkening. An enameled piece of jewelry has been through the process of applying a specific color(s) to a piece of jewelry by fusing powdered glass into the metal. Lastly, plating the metal includes the process of adding a thin coating of metal to the base metal - gold being the most common material used.