Pin Grading

Enamel pins are hand filled and hand polished, so it is common for pins to have small imperfections. We do not sell collector's grade or mod grade pins. Read below for details on our standard and seconds grade standards.

Standard Grade:

Standard grade pins are the default option in the shop. They contain few to no noticeable imperfections that take away from the design of the pin. Some designs will utilize known effects from certain plating types, such as patina, in the design. Other imperfections that may pass for standard grade include:

  • Small scuffs or scratches on metal or enamel

  • Small bubbles, specks, or pores in enamel or metal surfaces

  • Small differences in evenness of enamel fill

  • Small misalignment in screen printed areas

  • Presence of one or two incorrect glitter specs in glitter areas

  • Areas of patina that can be polished away easily

Seconds:

Seconds have more noticeable flaws and are only sold occasionally in the shop, always at a discounted price. Imperfections that may include:

  • Deeper scratches on metal or enamel

  • Obvious imperfections on metal plating

  • Multiple visible bubbles, specks, pores, etc.

  • Overfill or underfill of enamel in large areas

  • Areas of missing enamel that don't detract from the pin itself

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