If your business is like most, you want to recognize your employees for a job well done. In today's business world, the culture of recognition is one that many prospective employees are seeking out when deciding on places where they would like to work. In order to attract the top applicants to your organization, you need to create a work environment that encourages innovation and rewards people for going above and beyond their regular duties. 

In recognizing your employees, you have myriad options available to you, from classic wooden plaques to ornamental metal paperweights to custom crystal trophies. With so many options out there, it can often be difficult to determine which type of award is right for you. Here, we'll focus on glass and crystal awards, because these two offer fantastic versatility when it comes to customization. They also look classy and elegant when placed in someone's office or home, making them something that your employees will want to keep and cherish for a long time going forward. 

While glass and crystal may look quite similar at first glance, the two are actually markedly different. It is the key differences between the two that will help you decide whether you wish to give your employees custom crystal trophies or glass awards. Here's what to look out for to help you distinguish between the two: 

Glass Awards

Glass is a material that pretty much everyone is familiar with. After all, it is what makes up the windows in our homes and many other common household goods. Because glass is such a common material, glass trophies and awards tend to be a bit less expensive than their crystal counterparts. This is good for your business's budget, but can make the award seem a bit cheaper in the eyes of your recipients. 

One of the key distinguishing factors between glass and crystal is the lead content. Glass contains little to no lead, making it incredibly lightweight. However, this also makes it more prone to breakage, particularly in areas that are especially thin. The low lead content makes glass almost perfectly clear, so light is not diffracted as it passes through. 

Crystal Awards

When most people hear the term "crystal," they associate it with class, elegance and high quality. Because of this, custom crystal trophies and awards tend to have an air of more prestige attached to them, so they are perceived more favorably by your recipients. 

With regards to the lead content, it is significantly higher in crystal than it is in glass, making the material much heavier and sturdier. The high lead content also makes crystal softer so that it's easier to work with. This is why you'll find much more elaborate designs with custom crystal trophies than with glass ones. 

The higher lead content also causes light to diffuse when it passes through crystal in a way that it doesn't with glass. This is what creates the sparkling or scintillating effect that makes crystal look so spectacular. 

Customize Awards for Your Team 

Here at Able Recognition, we are proud to include both glass awards and custom crystal trophies within our offerings. We will work with you to help you decide which option is best for your needs and budget. We have a wide range of options available to suit your taste. 

We'll be happy to help you design the perfect custom glass or crystal awards to use in recognizing your top employees. Call us today of get in touch with us online to start the design process.