However, I have a great curiosity. Is it common for luxury products
to be polished with pure silver dust? Is anyone familiar with this?
What does it mean?
This question probably should be directed to a cabinet maker. I can
only give general indication of possible reason.
There is a highly specialized craft of wood finishing which is called
"French Polishing". There are literary thousands of ways of finishing
exotic woods like ebony, mahogany, rosewood, and others. Each
requires a special approach. There are also a lot of recipes of
faking exotic woods. Some of them are based on applying a coat of
nitric acid to the surface of the wood and polishing with metal
I suspect that if we were to take some white pine, brush it with
nitric acid, and polish with silver dust - we could get something
resembling ebony, or oak, because silver salts are photo-sensitive
and upon exposure to sun will darken.
One way to read this commercial is - we are disclosing that the wood
used may look like exotic variety, but in fact is only a cheap