Hard enamel pins are considered the Best Quality. When image is everything, and jewelry quality is important, choose hard enamel pins.
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Are hard enamel pins right for you? We can help you make the best decision but here are some details that might help you decide. Hard enamel pins are considered the best quality, are a little more expensive, and have a more jewelry look and feel. Hard enamel pins are also known as Epola, Cloisonné, or Imitation enamel. The term hard enamel can be deceiving but just refers to how the paint or enamel on the pin is treated. The enamel is hardened by heat and then polished smooth leaving the enamel and the metal borders flush. If you were to rub your thumb over the pin it would feel smooth unlike soft enamel which has dimension. Hard enamel pins come in all the same metal finishes: gold, silver, copper, black nickel, brass, bronze. Each of these finishes can also be antiqued.
Hard enamel pins cannot use dyed metal for the borders, this only works on soft enamel pins. An advantage of hard enamel is it is the most durable type of pin and is the highest quality. Another advantage is the option of silkscreen. Because the surface is hard and smooth, a process of silk screening can be used to get tiny details on the pin, or details without the metal borders around the color. Because heat is introduced into the process, colors can darken a little which makes it a little harder to match pantone colors exact.
Hard enamel pins are great for corporations, higher end gifts, awards, years of service, and for organization that budget is not a big concern. Really any organization or company can use hard enamel pins. Still unsure, just ask, this helping people decide is what we do.