A shiny , mirror-like finish resulting filling the pores of the rough saw-cut surface through treating and grinding the surface using some polishing abrasive stones.
Marble , Limestone & Granite slabs are polished by large polishing machines which progressively grind the rough saw-cut surface giving it a spectacular mirror-like finish.
Tumbling is vibrating the slabs with some special stones to give the surface a textured and antique look whereby the edges are rounded and imperfect. Sandblast finish can only be applied to marbles, limestones, and traverties slabs.
Leathering starts with a honed surface and adds texture. Additionally, it closes the pores of the stone (compared to honing) and retains the color better than honing. A leathered finish has a soft sheen but is not as reflective as a polished surface. On a very dark material such as Absolute Black granite, leathering is preferred to honing because the resulting finish is very uniform, preserves the majority of the stone's color, and is much easier to maintain than a porous honed surface.