Pins, Badges, Charms, Emblems

GO Recognition Concepts was initially formed back in 1982 for the sole purpose of manufacturing recognition jewelry -- crafting lapel pins, badges, charms and emblems.  While we have grown and broadened our reach over the years, the design and production of metal emblematic jewelry is still our specialty.

Recognition jewelry is used for both promotion and recognition.  But how we go about achieving these objectives can be very different.   While many techniques are common to both recognition and promotion, there are important differences the informed buyer needs to appreciate.  In addition to the overall look of the pin or emblem, consideration must be given to the tooling and setup costs, the use of color, and packaging.

Let’s say you want to advertise the beginning of a new product or service for your current or potential customer.  The lapel pins your salespeople wear or that others wear can be extremely effective in promoting your product or service.  In this case you would want some eye catching bright colors.  Or perhaps you are looking for a unique pin that your students’ academic or sports team would like to trade at an out-of-town tournament or competition.  An inexpensive soft enamel overseas pin would fit the bill.

Perhaps your company or association is sponsoring a walkathon or fund raising event for a local or national charity.  You can recognize the participants’ efforts and contributions while promoting your organization’s image.  A cast medallion is very effective, as is a key tag or other item for everyday use.

A service award, length of service, or retirement program requires a different approach.  You are recognizing individuals for special efforts or publicly thanking them for what they have done for your company.  A jewelry-quality pin is appropriate in this case.

Your objective, whether recognition or promotion, is very important in determining the manufacturing techniques you will choose.  Whether domestic or overseas, we have the knowledge and experience to come up with the perfect solution for your needs.

All of the techniques and processes described in this site are used in successfully producing lapel pins, emblems, charms, and medallions.  We work with you to determine which selection or combination will produce the best result for you.  The curving or dapping of your part combined with several piercings may turn an ordinary pin into something special.  When it is appropriate, we may recommend a combination of printing with hard or soft enamel.   Sometimes a very slight addition like packaging on a printed card will greatly improve the perceived value and improve your results.

Medallions, belt buckles, and bolo slides are usually large and heavy and often cost dictates that the item should be cast.  Die striking will produce greater detail, but the cost is higher than casting and sometimes this becomes the determining factor.  For larger runs, die casting is preferable.  Smaller runs many times are spin cast.  If precious metals are desired, lost wax casting or die striking are available alternatives with domestic production.  In many cases, detail can be enhanced by using an antique finish.

Rings are sometimes die struck from several parts which are soldered together.  By far the largest quantities of rings are produced in brass, sterling silver or karat gold using the lost wax process.  The most commonly used finish is the antique or oxide finish.  Rings produced in this fashion have great detail, are sized accurately, and have good strength.  Simple rings can be cast by spin casting using the appropriate low melt metal.

The amount of detail in your design and the use of color will usually dictate the type of manufacture.  Colorful pins, whether soft enamel, hard enamel, or cloisonne are produced almost exclusively overseas.  Application of color using these techniques is often cost-prohibitive in domestic production.  For intricate designs, photo etch is usually the preferred method.  Die striking allows for a richer look and can be used with antique or oxide finishes.  And finally, number of pieces you are having produced will directly impact the choice of manufacture and whether it is made domestically or overseas.