POLISHED FINISHPolished is the most common finish. Polished stone is reflective, shiny, flat and smooth. Polished stone shows the most depth and color. A polished surface is the least porous finish. Polished marbles are susceptible to acid etching.
Honed surfaces are flat and matte. Honed stone is non-reflective, not shiny and colors are muted. Honed finishes are more porous than polished, leathered or caressed. Honed is the preferred finish for marbles that will be exposed to acids.
Leathered surfaces are textured and matte. Although some reflective properties remain, leathered stone is not as reflective or shiny as polished. It is slightly more porous than a polished surface and retains most of the color. Each stone will leather differently.