Finishes and Personalisation

Below you will find some examples of finishes and personalisation for your bespoke jewellery. Their are pros and cons to each but life is too short to worry about such things, so I recommend you just pick the one you like best!

If you choose a finish and then change your mind at a later date then it is often possible to change the finish. Though please note, there are always exceptions to the rule – an oxidised finish is hard to remove and for some custom pieces it may not always be possible to alter a finish depending on the design. If in doubt, please ask.


Skinny and Wide Yellow Gold Rings Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Highly Polished Finish

A ‘mirror’ like finish.

This finish is popular for its excellent durability.

​A polished finish will wear/dull over time with natural scratches and scuffs but can be easily re-polished as and when required.

Cushion Cut Sapphire In Wide D-Shape Silver Ring Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Satin Finish

A ‘light matt’ finish.

A satin finish has a soft shimmering shine giving a piece a contemporary look and feel. The brush marks will all go in one direction (on a ring, this can be either along or across the band)

A satin finish will gradually ‘polish’ up over time and may show up marks a little more quickly than a polished finish, depending on the piece and when/how it is worn.

6mm Wide Yellow Gold Wedding Brushed Finish Ring Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Brushed Finish

A ‘heavy matt’ finish.

A brushed finish is a little heavier than a satin finish and is achieved by using coarser papers/tools brushed across the surface of the metal. I often ‘hatch’ this finish to give it a rougher look.

Oxidised Silver Diamond Slider Pendant Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Oxidised Finish

A ‘tarnished’ finish.

An oxidised effect is created by accelerating the natural tarnish that appears on silver over time. It is possible to create lots of colours with this technique but generally oxidised silver is dark grey and can then be lightly brushed to pick out the details on a piece of jewellery as you can see on this necklace.


Hammered Texture Silver Cufflinks Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Hammered Texture

A hammered or textured effect on a metal surface adds a unique dimension to a piece of jewellery and can transform a plain piece. It adds extra shine to a piece as it reflects light of the surface at different angles.

This effect is achieved simply by hammering the surface of the metal to create a ripple like effect. Different size hammers produce different sized ripples and I will adjust them according to the size and shape of a piece.

Victoria Jarman Jewellery Bark Textured 18ct White Gold Ring

Bark Texture

Using a a different hammer, this ‘bark’ effect is a pleasing alternative to a hammered effect with lots of gentle ripples on the surface of the metal.

It is a particularly practical effect as it won’t show scuffs and scratches with wear as obviously.

Planished Textured Silver Ring Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Planished Texture

A planished effect is created by hitting the metal to produce a series of flat ‘planished’ edges rather than the round indents of a hammered finish.

​This produces a lovely waterfall shimmer that looks fantastic either highly polished or with one of the other finishes.

Silk Textured Silver Stud Earrings Victoria Jarman Jewellery

Silk Texture

A silk texture is made with a special hammer and creates a beautiful multi-dimensional texture.

Can be highly polished or have a satin/brushed finish.

Engraving And Personalisation

My jewellery can often be engraved with a name, date, message or image to give it an additional personal element.

I can either stamp your jewellery using number and letter stamps, or I can have your piece laser engraved. Stamping is simple yet effective and good for more organic pieces. Laser engraving costs more but has the advantage of allowing you to choose pretty much any font you like and probably fitting in a longer message.

​Below are some examples of stamping and engraving on a variety of pieces. It is most popular on cufflinks and the inside of rings.

​If you have seen a piece of jewellery in my gallery or shop which you’re interested in having a personalised version of, please get in touch to discuss.


Hand Stamped Personalised Silver Cufflink Victoria Jarman Jewellery
1mm hand stamped message on personalised silver cufflinks.
Laser Engraved Ring Personalised Victoria Jarman Jewellery
Laser engraved ring
Custom 9ct and 18ct White Gold Ring with Personalised Stamping Victoria Jarman
1mm letter stamp on inside of ring, roman numerals
Laser Engraved White Gold Wedding Ring Victoria Jarman Jewellery
Laser engraved ring