A glossy, highly reflective surface finish that brings out the full color and character of the stone


A satin-smooth surface finish with little or no gloss.


A textured surface treatment applied by brief exposure to intense heat.


A subtly textured surface finish achieved by wet brushing a stone with a coarse rotary-type abrasive brush.


A matte-textured surface finish produced by small particles (“sand”) striking the stone surface at high velocities

Bush Hammered

A process which produces textured surfaces with small evenly spaced pits produced by hand or pneumatic hammer. The spacing between the pits is often defined as “6-cut,” “4-cut,” etc.

Saw Cut

A finish obtained from the process used in the cutting of the blocks, slabs, or other units of building stone without further embellishment. It varies in texture from smooth to rough, and is typically named for the type of material used in sawing, e.g. diamond sawn, sand sawn, chat sawn, and shot sawn.


A weathered, aging finish created when the stone is tumbled with sand, pebbles, or steel bearings.

Split Face

Stone on which the face has been broken to an approximate plane.

Acid Washed

A treatment applied to the face of a stone to achieve a texture or finish that is distressed. Most acidic chemical treatments are effective only when applied to calcareous stone varieties.