Friday, August 19, 2011

Understanding Medals' Specifications


1. Choosing the material


Your choice of the material can be split into two metal categories according to your needs. In the first category which represents theCommon Metals you can choose between brass and copper, whereas in the second category, which represents the Noble Metals, you can choose between silver and gold.

Common metals:

Click on any of the medals below to view a larger image.
High relief, 3D, brass cedar medal
m1
High relief, 3D, copper cedar medal
m2
Brass
Copper

Noble metals:

High relief, 3D, silver cedar medal
m4

High relief, 3D, gold cedar medal
m3
Silver
Gold



2. Specifying the Thickness of Your Medal

The thickness of your medal could be 2, 3, 4 or 5 mm.
Medal thickness

3. Figuring out the Shape and Dimension of your medal

Circular shapes are by far the most popular shapes medals take; we have ready made cutting dies that allow us to produce the following medal diameters (in mm): 
30 - 35 - 40 - 50 - 60 - 70 - 75

30mm silver-plated medal
30mm
35mm silver-plated medal
35mm
40mm silver-plated medal with antique patina
40mm

50mm silver-plated medal with antique patina
50mm
60mm gold-plated, negative proof medal
60mm

70mm gold-plated, negative proof medal
70mm

75mm gold-plated, negative proof medal
75mm
If your medal has a special or unusual shape however, a cutting die has to be produced. Producing cutting dies is costly, so unless you have clear reasons, we highly recommend that you choose a circular shape. All we need from you in this case is to send us information on the shape that you want along with its dimensions.

Decoration medal
decoration
Rectangular shape
rectangle
Square shape
square
Circular shape
circle
Heart shape
heart
Trophy shape
trophy


4. Choosing the Relief Type

The relief type has a major influence on the final appearance of a medal, if you are looking for a common type of medal we suggest that you select a 2D Relief, if however you are looking for a finer and more attractive medal then a 3D Relief could be the best choice. Please take the time to read further information on both options below, hopefully they will shed more light on this issue and help you make a decision.
2D relief
2d-8
Two dimensional relief
3D relief
3d-4
Three dimensional relief

Two Dimensional Relief

This option is the most chosen for a relief type as it is the fastest and least expensive to produce. A 2D black and white inked design is produced with computer graphics software, black areas are read as extruded and white areas as embossed. The mold used to press this type of medal is easier to produce than 3D relief molds and accordingly is faster and less costly to produce. If you have a tight schedule and a low budget this might be the choice that you are looking for.
Click on any of the medals below to view a larger image.
Gold-plated and colored AUB 2D medal
2d-1
Negative proof silver-plated 2D medal
2d-2
Gold-plated LAU 2D medal
2d-3
Gold-plated Alwassit 2D matte medal
2d-4
Tyre municipality gold-plated negative proof 2D medal
2d-5
AUST gold-plated and colored 2D medal
2d-6
Superstar antiquated silver and negative proof medal
2d-7

2d-9

Three Dimensional Relief

A sculptor produces a first enlarged model sculpt on clay using fine cutting and grating tools. The clay model then will be cast in plaster and reduced to the proper size using a special 3D reducing pantograph and will then be used to produce the pressing die. Digital 3D modeling techniques are also used for that matter. 3D medals have the most appealing impressions, they are also known as miniature works of art. If you are ahead of time, not so tight on budget and require a high volume of medals then this might be the option that you are looking for.
Click on any of the medals below to view a larger image.
High relief Virgin Mary gold-plated 3D medal
3d-7
Chess 3D medal
3d-2
King Fahed high relief 3D medal
3d-3
Victoria high relief 3D medal
3d-5
Gold-plated Holy Shrine high relief 3D medal
3d-6

5. Specifying the Relief Degree


High relief
3d-4
High relief
Coin relief
coin5
Coin Relief
Sunken Relief
sunk7
Sunken relief

Coin Relief

Characterized by a very low relief, this effect is accomplished utilizing low pressure. This option is mainly used for mass production of tokens and coins where very high quantities are expected and where there are no further demands on the finished shape.
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Coin relief medal
coin3
Bronze coin relief cedar medal
coin4

Low Relief

Characterized by a low relief, the design elements are slightly projected from the background. This type is advised for those who would like to distribute quality medals but are under budget constraint.
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Low relief military sign
low1
Low relief gold-plated Forum de Beyrouth negative proof medal
low2
Syndicate of Lebanese Engineers, low relief, silver-plated, negative proof
low3
Saudi Electricity company, low relief, negative proof, gold-plated
low4
LAU, color filled, low relief
low5
Ministry of Emigrants, color filled, matte, low relief
low6
 

High Relief

This is by far the most chosen relief degree; in this case the design is strongly projected from the background, an effect that is accomplished with multiple press strikes. This method produces very fine medals and is specially recommended for negative proof and proof medals (See step 9).
Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge
Tennis medal, gold-plated, high relief, 3D
high1
Volley-Ball medal, High relief, 3D, gold-plated
high2
Swimming, high relief, 3D, bronze
high3
Football, high relief, 3D, silver-plated
high4
 

Sunken Relief

In this case it is the background of the medal that is projected rather than the design. This option is specially required if you have a 2D design with many colored elements. The pressing die of this relief is the least expensive to produce.
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Natgas, sunken relief, color-filled, gold-plated
sunk1
Basket Dames, sunken relief, color-filled, gold-plated
sunk2
Universite Libanaise, sunken relief, color filled, gold-plated
sunk3
AUB, sunken relief, colo-filled, gold-plated
sunk4
Sagesse, copper, sunken relief, color-filled
sunk5
Gold-plated cedar, sunken relief, color-filled
sunk6

7. Choosing the Plating and/or Patina

 

Bronze cedar
bronze1
Bronze patina
Silver-plated cedar
Silver3
Silver-plated
Gold-plated cedar
gold7
Gold-plated
Antique cedar
antique3
Antiquated Silver

Plating

Electroplating is a process whereby a very thin layer of a metal is transferred chemically to cover the surface of another metal. For example a gold-plated medal has a very fine coat (only a few microns) of 24K gold. Because gold resists oxidization gold-plating will also protect your medal. Adding metal plating such as silver or gold makes your medal look more valuable and attractive. You may choose among the following plating options: NoneNickelSilveror Gold.

Gold-Plated Medals

Football medal, gold-plated, high relief, 3D
gold1
Beirut medal, gold-plated, 3D
gold2
Red cross, gold-plated, color filled, matte
gold3
Gold-plated, low relief, 2D, negative proof
gold4
ND Jamhour, gold-plated, color-filled, 2D
gold5
Blom Bank, gold-plated, 2D
gold6

Silver-Plated Medals

Equitation, silver-plated, high relief, 3D
Silver1
Victoria, silver-plated, high relief, 3D
Silver2

Patina

Patina is a procedure used to discolor a metal by oxidation. For example Antique patina is used to artificially "age" a silver-plated or silver medal. Antiquating medals prevents tarnishing. All our medals are lacquered to further protect their finish.

Patina Options:

  • None
  • Bronze (only if your medal is made of brass and has no plating)
  • Antique (only if you medal is made of silver or silver-plated)
Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the pictures

Bronze Patina

Equitation, bronze, high relief, 3D
bronze2
Swimmer, bronze, high relief, 3D
bronze3
Football, dark bronze, high relief, 3D
bronze4

Antique Patina

Football, antiquated silver, high relief, 3D
antique1
Conseil constitutionnel, antiquated silver, high relief, 3D
antique2
Microsoft, antiquated silver, low relief, 2D
antique4

8. Applying Diamond Cut

Diamond cut is used to carve the medal's perimeter with a diamond. Ordering this feature adds to your medal's enrichment. You can choose between ten types of cuts which are shown to you in the pictures. If your medal is double-sided think about which side you want to have this effect applied, both sides however can be diamond cut.

diamond cut 1
dcut1
diamond cut 2
dcut2
diamond cut 3
dcut3
diamond cut 4
dcut4
diamond cut 5
dcut5
diamond cut 6
dcut6
diamond cut 7
dcut7
diamond cut 8
dcut8
diamond cut 9
dcut9
diamond cut 10
dcut10


9. Choosing the Finishing

 

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Coin finish
Coin finish
Matte finish
Matte finish
Negative proof finish
Negative proof
Brilliant uncirculated finish
Brilliant uncirculated

 

Coin Finish

Without finish, no further processing is applied after a medal comes from the press. This could be the choice for people who have a limited budget.

Matte Finish

The medal is characterized by a dull metallic finish produced by sandblasting - this is done by pelting its surface with a very fine sand to break up the smooth surface. This procedure can be used on all kinds of medals.
Cedar, silver-plated, high relief, 3D, matte finish
matte2
Cedar, silver-plated, sunken relief, color-filled, matte finish
matte3
Golf federation, gold-plated, sunken relief, color filled, matte finish
matte4
Las Salinas, gold-plated, matte finish
matte5
State of Kuwait, gold-plated, matte finish
matte6

BU or Brilliant Uncirculated

BU medals are characterized by an evenly bright shinning finish. A BU medal is like a coin taken from a roll of coins, fresh from the mint, that have never been circulated.
Silver-plated, 3D, brilliant uncirculated
bu1
Cedar medal, silver-plated, high relief, 3D, brilliant uncirculated
bu4
Cedar medal, bronze patina, high relief, 3D, brilliant uncirculated
bu5

Negative Proof Finish

This is the most preferred and chosen medal finishing. It is a special finish applied with best results on high relief medals that is characterized by a matte medal surface contrasted with a reflective finish of the extruded parts. Negative proof medals can have a very impressive look because if plated or have a patina they can combine two metal colors on the same medal. For instance, if you take a brass medal with a bronze patina and apply this method you will get a bronze medal surface with brass colored raised parts, or if you have a silver plated brass medal you will get a silver medal surface with brass colored raised parts.
Cedar medal, silver-plated, 2D, negative proof
np1
Saudi emblem, silver-plated, negative proof
np3
gold-plated, 2d, negative proof
np5
Douane Libanaise, gold-plated, 2d, negative proof
np6
Kuwait Armed Forces, gold-plated, 2D, negative proof
np7

Proof Finish

This finish is distinguished by a shining and highly reflective metallic surface (medal ground), contrasted with frosted matte finished relief parts (raised areas). Proof finish beautifully highlights the relief structure. Proof finish medals are struck from carefully pre-polished cleaned blanks by specially treated dies. Multiple strikes may be needed to bring out all design details. Not many medals of this type can be produced in a single day. This type of finish has the richest appearance and is the most expensive among all other types, hence if you are looking for the best and have the time this has got to be your choice.
Saudi emblem, silver-plated, proof finish
proof1
USJ, silver-plated, 3D, proof finish
proof2
Gold-plated, proof medal
proof3
Sterling silver, proof medal
proof4

10. Choosing whether to Color the Medal

You can choose to color the sunken parts of your medal, although for some cases the final appearance will be richer without the use of color. All our medals are color-filled manually and the color goes all the way through, so it cannot wear off.
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Without color filling
np1
With color filling
color14

2D, color filled medal
color1
Touristic Enterprises, 2D, color filled medalcolor2
State security, 2D, color filled medal
color8
Internal security forces, 2D, color filled medal
color9
Military service army, 2D, color filled medal
color10
Beirut Police, 2D, color filled medal
color11
2D, color filled medal
color12
Presidential guards, 2D, color filled medal
color13

11. Presentation Methods

Identifying the purpose of use of your medal is instrumental in knowing how to present it. If for instance you want your award to stand out proud with glory in a ceremony under camera lens, lights and audiences then the box used for the presentation of your award should be fit for this special occasion, in this case a very luxurious presentation box. If however you just want to give a medal as a memo then a simple plastic box might be sufficient.
If you always want your medal to accompany the recipient then a key holder medalet might be what is looked for. Or if you know that your award will be sitting on a VIP's desk or shelf for a long time then make sure that you pick a luxury box that is fit for this purpose.

Purpose of Use

Shelf or Desk Display

Your medal comes mounted on a stand inside either a luxurious velvet or wooden box. Those boxes are hand made from wooden frames and covered with velvet or leather; they assure the best presentation of your medal. They come in a variety of colors that you can choose from; however the most common colors are dark blue, dark green and dark magenta. Leather and velvet boxes can be further customized to contain any text. You can also pick a less expensive box if you have a restricted budget.
Dark green leather box
lther1
Magenta leather box
lther2
Dark blue leather box
lther3
Dark blue velvet box
velvt1
Gray velvet box
velvt2
Dark blue velvet box with metallic edges
velvt3
Medal in leather box
desk1
Cedar in desk display, with plaquette
desk2
AUB desk display
desk3
medal in leather and wood box
desk4
AUST desk display
desk5
Superstar in velvet box
desk6
Medal in leather and wood box
desk7
Clear circular plastic box
plastic1
Clear circular plastic box
plastic2
Rectangular plastic box
plastic3
Clear plastic box and stand combo
plastic4
Plastic box and stand combo
plastic5

Paper Weight

Our medals can come mounted on wooden, marble or plexiglass paper weights. They look very nice on desks and are well exposed.
White marble base
pprw1
Wooden base
pprw2
Black marble base
pprw3
White marble base
pprw4
Plexiglass weight
pprw5
Wooden base
pprw6

Neck Ornament

The climax of every tournament or championship is the medal distribution ceremony where winners are honored for their success; it is customary to award neck medals in those kinds of events which are primarily sports related.

We have a wide variety of ribbon colors and patterns to fit your ceremony. You can also further enhance the presentation of your medal by including it in a leather sleeve pocket (available in many different colors).
Neck ornament
neck
Ribbons
ribbons

Personal Treasure

In this case you might not need to put your medal in a fancy box because exposure might not be a priority for your target (award is only destined to be kept as a personal treasure), this is why we suggest that you choose to offer your medal in either a plastic box or a clear case similar to those used to keep coins.
Personal treasure clear plastic cases
pt

Badge Medal

Gold-plated badge medal
Badge medal

Key Holder

You can choose to make a key holder out of your medal if your aim is to keep the people remembering whatever you want to include in your medal. Our key holder medalets combine luxury, durability and affordable price.
Gold-plated negative proof key holder
mkh1
Slver plated matte key holder
mkh2
Silver-plated key holder
mkh3

Mounted on a Plaque or Trophy

Sometimes medals are used to be the focus of plaques and trophieswhich grants them a strong exposure, in other cases they are used to decorate them. Mounting a medal on those items adds a very rich look for both the medal and the plaque or trophy.
Landscape plaque with two antiqued medals
mplaq1
Lebanese army emblem medal on portrait plaque
mplaq2
Medal on portrait plaque
mplaq3
Colored medal on landscape plaque
mplaq4
Cedar medal on brass trophy
mtrph1
Medal on brass trophy sail design
mtrph2
Medal on brass and stainless trophy sail design
mtrph3
Cedar medal inside a glass dome
mtrph4
Medal on plexiglass design
mtrph5



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