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Gold Medals

Recognise A True Winner With The Presentation Of Timeless Gold Medals

There can be no metal that has featured more often in stories of daring and heroism than gold. The metal is the mainstay of tales which kept us riveted as children, of pirates in secluded coves burying chests of precious coins for retrieval when the Royal Navy has been given the slip. Aside from tales of one legged buccaneers, gold has been recognised as one of the noble metals, sink it below the waves for centuries, bury it in mud to lie hidden for centuries and when finally it sees the light of day once again it will be as pristine as the day it sank below the Earth. For this reason gold has been seen as a symbol of purity and strength for millennia and the reason we present our top performers with gold medals.

Gold medals such as those presented at the Olympic Games cannot usually be simply chosen from a line up on a shelf; they must be specially minted and cared for if the soft ultra high carat metal is not to suffer from being handled. Very few gold medals are made from perfect 24 carat gold which is soft enough to be harmed by rough handling, in fact apply too much pressure to 24 carat gold and you’ll likely leave a fingerprint or two embossed on its surface.

High quality gold medals are therefore usually manufactured from gold which has been adulterated with another medal to make it more resistant to wear. In fact many of the gold coins retrieved from shipwrecks and other architectural sites are usually worth more because of their historical value rather than their gold content which was watered down over the centuries.

That said gold medals are the ultimate recognition of outstanding performance and should you choose to present one to a deserving party it is almost guaranteed that it will be a treasured piece of memorabilia for many years to come.

For more information on gold medals and other high quality awards, contact us.

Custom Medals

Make An Impression With Custom Medals

Walk into any shop that sells trophies and custom medals and you will be astounded by the amount, the sheer variety of medals and other awards that can be found lining the shelves in the shop. But if you look closer you’ll also find that you’ve seen medals and trophies like them, or at least very similar being handed out at junior sports days across the country. These mass produced trophies are not only cheap to produce, but are easy to source, there are really very few occasions when the generic trophy chosen or one which looks very much like it will be out of stock.

If you want to make an impression and make sure that the trophy you hand to the team member, be it at a  sporting event or at a sales recognition event at the office then you’re going to have to take it one step further and take a look at having custom medals produced. Custom medals can be made up in a variety of designs, including those which feature the corporate logo and an inspirational message for each of the team members. Because the medals have been custom made, each of them can feature a different inspirational message which is applicable to the sporting or business event where it is presented.

Custom medals can also be awarded to the team as a whole. Because there is very little limitation on the size of the custom medal a good idea would be to present each team member with their own custom medal and then have an oversize medal produced which can then be displayed in the clubhouse or in the relevant department in the office.

The manufacturing of custom medals can use a variety of different materials, from wood, to epoxy, to metals like gold, silver and bronze, however there is obviously a cost implication depending on which of the materials is used.

Want to know more about custom medals? Then contact us.

Metal Casting

Unique Awards Using Metal Casting

If you’re in the market for awards recognising outstanding performance, be it on the sports field or in the business environment if you want your team members to really vale their award then you’ll want it to be substantial, weighty and stand out from the crowd. There are literally thousands of off the shelf awards, but to get something special you’re going to have to find a company that specialises in metal casting.

Metal casting is a process whereby the liquid metal is poured into a receptacle constructed of another material which can be a variety of materials, from sand to wax for example, where it assumes the shape of the hollow in that material. Metal casting allows you to use your imagination when it comes to designing an award. Within reason, for example all the parts need to be connected within the mould you can let your imagination run riot. Corporate logo’s fun themes, sporting achievement recognition, even mini Oscars are possible, it’s up to you.

The metal casting technique allows you cast a variety of different metals, usually those which have a low melting temperature, for example the oldest known cast metal object is a cast metal frog from 3200 BC. Other materials can be cast such as concrete and epoxy. You can see examples of concrete casting at your neighbourhood garden store where ornamentation is commonly made using the casting technique. Manufacturers can even make a passable imitation of marble by casting different colours of resin together.

Metal casting is used primarily to make objects for ornamentation, or for uses such as awards. When ordering your metal cast awards ask to see examples of the company’s previous work. Rough metal casting usually has edges that need to be trimmed and ground down. This is perhaps where the most finicky work comes in, because without proper finishing metal casting can result in awards that look unfinished and cheap. Always make sure that the company that you deal with has a reputation for supplying quality goods.

If you would like to know more about the possibilities of metal casting then contact us.