Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today's Vintage Jewelry Word - Brushed Finish

There are a myriad of finish types of the various metals which were used in the construction of vintage jewelry. Today's vintage jewelry word pertains to one of these finishes - a Brushed Finish.

A brushed finish is a type of metal finish which has no gloss at all. The process involved gives the finished product a textured finish which is much less reflective than a normal metal finish.

This finish is produced by soft scratch-brushing a polished metal surface so that it produces a soft sheen. The finish is also known as a Satin finish, a Butler finish, or a scratch brush finish.

Many designers of vintage jewelry used the brushed finish, but one of the most well known and, in my opinion, one of the best manufacturers of this technique is Trifari. Their brushed goldtone and silvertone finishes, especially on their brooches, are superb with fantastic detail.

Here are some examples of this type of finish on vintage jewelry pieces. (click the pictures to open for greater detail.)

What do you think of the finish? Do you like this style or do you prefer a higher gloss finish?

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