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Engraving Options for Your Award

One of the decisions you will need to make when you purchase new recognition awards or trophies – either stock or custom – is the type of engraving you will use for the award. Almost all achievement awards have some sort of personalized engraving on their bases (or bodies), typically with information directly related to the award, such as the award name, recipient name, date of presentation, and/or the name (and perhaps logo or logotype) of the presenting organization. Some of these customized engravings even contain relevant messages, quotes, or sayings.

Generally, there are three options you have when selecting an engraving method for awards or trophies:


Engraved Etchings in the Award's Base

In this method, the engraving information is laser-etched directly into the base of the award. This engraving method primarily applies to marble (or other stone) bases. In most instances, these etchings are filled with gold or silver paint to make them visually “pop” from the base. Gold fill is usually used for gold-plated awards, while silver fill is typically used for silver-plated and brushed pewter awards. Many clients consider this the most “elegant” engraving method, although there are limitations. For example, different colors can’t really be utilized, there is a limit to the number of characters that can be used, and very small, detailed images are hard to capture. Thus, it is next-to-impossible to incorporate a multi-colored logo using this method.

Engraved Base Example

Engraved Base Example


Engraving on Award Surface

Engraving on Award Surface

Engraving Directly Into the Award

Some award designs support engraving directly into the award body (versus base) itself. These designs are typically crystal and glass awards. For these awards, the engraving can take the form of a 2D image engraved on the surface of the award, a 3D image engraved inside the award (sub-surface engraving), or a combination of the two.


Sublimated Plate Example

Sublimated Plate Example

Engraved Plates Affixed to the Award’s Base

In this method, metal plates have the engraving information sublimated (a printing method) onto their surface. These plates are then attached to the base of the award or trophy. Generally, these plates are silver- or gold-plated, although other colors (more examples in the slideshow below) are used as well. A few of the advantages of engraved plates are their ability to support color images and logos, more text, and smaller/finer text and images. Engraved plates are almost always used for hardwood bases, and work fine with marble and crystal bases as well.

 

Types of Engraved Plates

Personalized engraving plates come in a variety of colors and materials. Some are two-tone or, two-color, while others can display a full gamut of colors. The slideshow to the left shows some of the typical options we provide. As always, if you have any questions, give us a call we're here to help.