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Glossary of Awards' Terms

This wiki is an illustrated glossary of terms related to products categorized under awards, trophies, medals, plaques, signs, labels and certificates and their production techniques including: etching, engraving, laser engraving, minting, and metal sheets finishing. Our objective is to make the related terms and specifications explained and illustrated thus aiding our customers in making better decisions regarding their needs of products mentioned above. We hope that this wiki will be eventually developed into a reference about the subject matter.
All information is given in good faith but without warranty. Freedom from patent rights must not be assumed.

Diamond-Cut Perimeter

posted Jan 9, 2014, 12:11 AM by Abdallah Absi

Diamond cutting is embellishing a plain medal or pin-badge, commonly brass or copper but can be gold or silver, with a brightly cut, engraved pattern using a diamond tipped tool.
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 several 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.



The Stamping Die

posted Jan 8, 2014, 11:57 PM by Abdallah Absi

To stamp an impression on medals you need a steel stamping die. A stamping die is an engraved or etched tool, which is put into a coin press and impresses an image onto a coin blank. The image on the die is a negative impression of what will be struck on the coin. 

Read information about making the stamping die here.




posted Jan 7, 2014, 7:47 AM by Abdallah Absi

Copper is a ductile metal, it is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. Absi co uses it to cut medals' blanks from 4 or 5 mm thick copper sheets specifically to stamp some semi-proof and 3D medals.

Read more about copper in this link.

A matte finished copper medal
A copper semi-proof medal distinguished by it's reddish color contrasted with gold-plated and silver-plated medals.

Silver-Plated Brilliant Finish

posted Dec 11, 2013, 1:04 AM by Abdallah Absi

Silver Plated Brilliant produces a reflective silver finish. To deposit the layer of gold onto a metal surface, a technique called Electroplating is used.

See also: Polished or Brilliant Finish
This plaque is characterized by a matte background engraved in recess and beautifully polished embossed areas, the plaque is silver-plated as a whole. medaLit.com
This plaque is characterized by a matte background engraved in recess and beautifully polished embossed areas, the plaque is silver-plated as a whole. medaLit.com

Epoxy Resin

posted Oct 21, 2013, 3:11 AM by Abdallah Absi

Epoxy is a thick, hard and clear layer that can also be applied on the surface of a pin-badge to further protect its finish from humidity and oxidization.
Epoxy is an exceptionally tough adhesive or bedding material that is activated by mixing two component resins together, just prior to use. The resins combine in a chemical reaction to form a new compound that sets very hard and provides an incredibly strong and durable adhesive bond to the tesserae. This is also often used on Soft Enamel badges as a coating to give it a smooth, domed appearance.

Key Ring

posted Oct 21, 2013, 3:06 AM by Abdallah Absi

A keyring is made to hold keys and is usually made of metal. Keyrings are usually connected to keychains.

Key Fob, Key Chain or Key Medal

posted Oct 21, 2013, 3:02 AM by Abdallah Absi

A key fob or key medal is a generally decorative and at times useful item many people often carry with their keys, on a ring or a chain, for ease of tactile identification, to provide a better grip, or to make a personal statement. Key fobs are also known as a "Key Ring" or "Key Chain" in colloquial usage.

A keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal, that connects a small item (a medal) to a keyring. The length of a keychain allows an item to be used more easily than if connected directly to a keyring.

See also: Key Ring


Highlighted Bronze

posted Oct 21, 2013, 12:46 AM by Abdallah Absi

The term highlight refers to the method used when a raised area on a metal product (such as a medal or a plaque) is polished but the background left unpolished. This creates a 2 tone effect and can make certain details stand out more.
Bronze brownish color is achieved by cold patinas where brass objects (such as a medals or a plaques) are dipped into a solution.


Stainless Steel

posted Oct 21, 2013, 12:29 AM by Abdallah Absi

Stainless steel is an extremely durable metal alloy of steel and chromium that can be polished to resemble a precious metal and is almost unaffected to rust, discoloration and corrosion.

 Emphasize your corporate culture and strengthen your employees' commitment to follow your culture by distributing pins, name tags and key holders incorporating your company logo, slogan and other text to your employees.Our badges, pins and key holders also serve as excellent items for promoting your institution or company in events such as expositions and seminars; they are very affordable in price. Your text and logos can easily be incorporated into the designs you choose. Our Pins are etched or minted from brass, finished to meet customer satisfaction. Engraved stainless stell control panels.


posted Oct 21, 2013, 12:21 AM by Abdallah Absi

Brass is an alloy, made up of roughly half copper and half zinc, which has a nice yellow color. We usually strike medals from a brass alloy of 70% copper and 30% zinc. Brass with a higher copper content will tend to be more reddish in color, such a special brass alloy with higher copper content (known as semi-oro) can be requested for distinguished plaques.
We cut medals' blanks from 1 to 5 mm thick brass sheets. Brass plates used for plaques and sign plates are cut from 0.6 or 1 mm thick brass sheets.

Read more about brass in this link.

 Medals' blanks are cut from brass sheets by die cutting
 Brass sheets used to produce blanks and plates by shearing

 A stamped brass medal without plating A power shear machine used to cut metal plates

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