This finish, created when fabricators move diamond-tipped brushes across the surface, is reminiscent of the look and feel of leather. This specialty finish is most commonly applied to dark-colored granite and results in a textured appearance. Lacking any kind of shine, leathered stone is known for hiding fingerprints and smudges well. Leathered stone should be cleaned daily with a stone cleaner and microfiber cloth. It can also be polished with a stone polish to reduce absorbency.
Honed means the surface of the stone has been ground to a smooth, flat, consistent surface. For stones with a natural shine such as granite or marble, the polish or shine is removed leaving a matte (unpolished) surface with little to no reflection and no bumps or ridges. It is fairly porous and natural looking; the color will be visibly lighter than a polished finish. Though a honed finish doesn’t bring out the color as much, it does cut down on glare and masks imperfections.
This smooth, reflective surface draws out the color and texture for a rich look. A polished finish has a highly reflective surface, which will display the vibrancy of the stone’s colors as well as the “character” of the stone. The texture is very smooth and is not very porous. The full color, depth, and crystal structure is visible with a polished finish. It’s also easier to keep a polished stone with clean and free of stains because its seal closes the pores of the stone’s surface and repels moisture.