There are four basic finishes used on markers today.
Polish- Smooth and glass like
Steeled or Frosted- Smooth non-polished, achieved by sandblasting a polished finish with steel shot
Rock pitch- Rough rock finish
Sawed – Semi-smooth finish after being cut with a wire or diamond saw
There are four specialty finishes used for specific situations.
Axed - Lighter/brighter than a frosted finish, achieved by chiseling. Used when doing Square raised letters and bias relief sculpturing
Honed- Smooth semi polished, achieved by partially removing polish with dust. Use when doing scenes and custom designs where a third color is needed for more depth. Normally decided by the monument artist
Blued- Smooth semi polished, achieved by sandblasting a frosted or axed finish with granite dust. This is done to add depth
Shell rock- Normally used to picture frame the face of the memorial
There are other finishes which can be achieved by flaming, sandblasting through screens, and using different types of chisels, but they are very rarely used, and only under specific situations, and should only be used when suggested by your memorialist.
Specialty details for bases.
The Angel monument has a two inch polished margin detail added to the base, while the Cross monument has a polished bevel front on the base. Either of these two speciality base details allows for the names and dates, or an epitaph, to be added to the base leaving the tablet simpler.
How standard styles are finished
Flush markers: polished top, sides rock pitch or sawed
Bevel style: Standard finish; polished beveled top, sides rock pitch
Slant style and slants on base: polished face, sawed back, balance rock pitch
Monuments standard finish: Tablet polished two (front and back), polished three (front, back and top) with the balance rock pitch or polished 5 (all polished). Bases are polished flat top with the balance rock pitch.
Optional moldings or cuts that can be polished or steeled