Product Information & How To Care For Your Award

Crystal

Optical Crystal: Optical Crystal, as clear and as flawless as used in binoculars and camera lenses, represents the ultimate expression of excellence. Optical Crystal is manufactured in large sheets up to 3" thick, and while still molten, is subjected to tremendous pressure to ensure no bubbles, flow lines or other distortions. Optical Crystal is 100% Lead-Free and extremely hard. It is this hardness that provides the basis for the brilliant cuts and bevels, as well as the ultra high polished surfaces. Each piece of Optical Crystal is hand polished and bevelled. What an ideal way to recognize achievement and express appreciation.

24% Lead Crystal: Most fine crystal contains lead oxide. Although some manufacturers claim up to 30% lead content, 24% is the optimum percentage for color, weight, and hardness, while still ensuring clarity, sparkle and brilliance. 24% Lead Crystal, with its exceptionally high perceived value, has been sought after and treasured for generations, and remains a status symbol even today. Proposition 65 WARNING: This Product contains Lead and/or Cadmium, chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Starfire Crystal: Starfire Crystal is lead-free, and also has a low iron content. The removal of this pigmentation results in a product that is equal in clarity to all but the finest optically clear crystal. Starfire Crystal is manufactured in varying thicknesses up to 3/4". Due to the extreme clarity of Starfire Crystal, the highly polished bevels and edges create a beautiful reflection, with a slight blue sparkle.

Jade Crystal: The iron ore content in the silica sand used to produce Jade Crystal results in the distinctive green tint, which has become so popular in the trophy industry. Jade Crystal is very hard, facilitating steep bevels and capable of being finished to a very high polish level. Jade Crystal is manufactured in varying thicknesses up to 3/4". The thicker the piece, the more distinctive the green tint, especially when viewed from the edge. The contrast of color created by Deep Etching has made Jade Crystal a very popular choice for Award and Recognition pieces.

Defects in Crystal: Defects in material and workmanship will be corrected without charge. However, please be aware that even in the finest crystal, minor variations in clarity and color can occur. Occasional air bubbles, chill marks or flow lines are inevitable, especially in molded or blown crystal products. In order to obtain the optimum finish, extra polishing may be necessary, which may cause variations in size. These minor variations in size, quality, color, and clarity are not considered defects.

Care of Crystal: Crystal is susceptible to minor surface scratches. Care should always be exercised in the handling of a beautiful piece of Crystal. Wash your crystal with mild soap and warm water. Dry with a dust free cloth.

Wood

Rosewood

Grain: Hard dark reddish wood of a rosewood tree having a strongly marked grain.

Figure: Any of those hardwood trees of the genus Dalbergia that yield rosewood- dark red or purplish colour streaked and variegated with black.

Texture: Moderately fine texture.

Properties: A very nice working wood with power tools right down to a carving knife. Very stable and it will not shrink or expand once in use. For its weight, Rosewood is exceptionally strong.

Use: Used in cabinetwork, flooring, plaques, award bases and much more.

Walnut

Grain: Varies from straight to all kinds of wild figures. For model building straight is selected.

Figure: When freshly cut, the wood is purplish-brown turning to a chocolate brown with a simple figuring of darker brown streaks. Sapwood is a light tan.

Texture: Is uniform and moderately coarse.

Properties: A very nice working wood with power tools right down to a carving knife. Very stable and it will not shrink or expand once in use. For its weight, Walnut is exceptionally strong.

Use: Decorative planking, carvings, and moldings. Well suited for hull timbering and framing. American Black Walnut is in such high demand on the world lumber markets, and the timber has been so freely exploited, that supply is rapidly diminishing year by year.

High Gloss

Layers upon layers (about 20-30) of gloss are applied to our beautiful wood products. This process not only enhances the coloring of our product but the super high gloss piano polish helps to eliminate fingerprints, smudging, and static that attract dust. A truly outstanding finish that will be enjoyed for years to come!

Defects in Wood: Defects in material and workmanship will be corrected without charge. However, please be aware that even in the finest wood product, minor variations in clarity and color can occur. In order to obtain the optimum finish, extra polishing may be necessary, which may cause small variations in size. These minor variations in size, quality, color and clarity are not considered defects.

Care of Wood: Wood is susceptible to minor surface scratches. Care should always be exercised in the handling of a beautiful piece of wood. Polish your wood product with a dry dust free cloth and usually the mist of your breath is sufficient. Water can be used if needed but avoid any cleaning solutions as scratching may occur as a result.

Marble

A metamorphic rock that takes a high polish and is formed by alteration of limestone or dolomite, often irregularly colored by impurities, and used especially in architecture and sculpture.

Defects in Marble: Defects in material and workmanship will be corrected without charge. However, random veins will occur in Genuine Marble, and should not be considered a defect.

Care of Marble: Marble is susceptible to minor surface scratches. Care should always be exercised in the handling of a beautiful marble piece. Wash your marble with mild soap and warm water. Dry with a dust free cloth and avoid bumping.

Molded Pieces: Our beautiful molded pieces are created by the raw material being melted to a certain temperature and then cast in a mold to a specific shape. Once cooled to a certain temperature a high polish process is applied to create your beautifully molded piece.

Defects in Molded Pieces: Defects in material and workmanship will be corrected without charge. However, please be aware that even in the finest molds, minor variations in clarity and color can occur. Occasional air bubbles, chill marks or flow lines are inevitable in molded products. In order to obtain the optimum finish, extra firing and different molds may be necessary, which may cause variations in size. These minor variations in size, quality, color, and clarity are not considered defects.

Care of Molded Pieces: Molded pieces are susceptible to minor surface scratches. Care should always be exercised in the handling of a beautiful molded piece. Polish your molded piece with a polishing cream. Dry and buff with a dust free cloth.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steels are considered to be steels with corrosion-resistant properties. This resistance arises from an oxide film that forms naturally on the surface of the steel. This film will “self-heal” if damaged mechanically or chemically. Different grades of stainless steel vary in their ability to withstand corrosion, so it is important to know which grade a product is made from.

Strength: The strength of stainless steel is about 20% greater than mild (ordinary) steel.

Defects in Stainless Steel: Defects in material and workmanship will be corrected without charge.

Care of Stainless Steel: Most stainless steel cleans easily without the need for harsh chemicals. Grease or oil should be cleaned as soon as possible. They get harder to clean if left on for more than a day or two. We recommend the use of a good quality stainless steel cleaner, use a soft cloth and wipe it with the grain. After a few applications fingerprints are much less noticeable. Never use abrasive materials to clean stainless steel.

Brass & Silver

Brass: A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc.

Brass/Silver Plating: To cover or overlay with gold, silver, or other metals, either by a mechanical process, as hammering, or by a chemical process, as electrotyping.

Defects in Brass & Silver: Defects in material and workmanship will be corrected without charge.

Care of Brass & Silver: Most Brass & Silver cleans easily without the need for harsh chemicals. Grease or oil should be cleaned as soon as possible. They get harder to clean if left on for more than a day or two. We recommend the use of a good quality brass/silver cleaner, use a soft cloth and wipe it. After a few applications fingerprints are much less noticeable. Never use abrasive materials to clean Brass or Silver.

Art Glass Awards

Hand blown works of art! Each piece is individually Hand-crafted. No two pieces are identical. All sizes are approximate and will vary from piece to piece.