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There are distinct differences in how stone can be finished. Choosing the finish can affect not only the look of the stone, but its surface tendencies as well. Talk to us at USA Stone about which finish is right for your surface choice.


Honing produces a smooth, flat matte finish and mutes the color of the stone some. Honed stone has a non-reflective, satiny finish. Matte on natural stone surfaces creates a softer feel.


A leathered finish is a newer style of finishing that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The leathering process closes the stone pores which helps it to become more stain resistant than the honed surface. A leathered finish retains the stone’s natural color, while hiding fingerprints and water spots better than a polished surface.


A polished surface is glossy and highly reflective. Polished granite countertops are the most popular countertop installed in kitchens today. Granite is especially receptive to this high-gloss, mirror-like surface because of its makeup. Quartz also polishes up easily, holds the polish well, and reflects light.