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Looking for the best quality, service and pricing for lapel pins, custom manufactured embroidered patches and awards?

You've found it!  Lapel Pins are economically priced and can be custom made to your specifications. Custom lapel pins are perfect for awards, charity sales, employee recognition, events, advertising, and promoting your company. Lapel pins, award pins and embroidered patches can be produced quickly.   Some of the most popular items are custom designed Jaycee Pins, Soccer Pins and Patches, VFW Pins, BPOE, Elks, Eagles FOE Pins, Angel Pins, Flag Pins, Patriotic Pins, Fraternal Pins, Scout Pins and Patches, and Military Awards and Patches.  Customers say that Gem State Specialists is the best trading pin and patch company they have ever dealt with!  The pin and patch design staff at Gem State Specialists will take your ideas or logos and quickly turn them into lapel pins or embroidered patches that you will be proud of! You might also want to contact Cyberpins for excellent lapel pins at very reasonable prices!

Kinds of Lapel Pins

There are many different kinds of Lapel Pins.  The highest quality lapel pins are Cloisonné Pins.  These are followed closely by Imitation Cloisonné Pins, Die struck soft enamel pins, photo-etched lapel pins, and photo-etched pins with epoxy overlay.  The base metal for the lapel pin can vary from copper to bronze and even iron.  Each type of pin has advantages and disadvantages.  Some of the considerations are cost, quality, size and shape of the lapel pin design, number of colors on the lapel pin, and how durable the lapel pin will be.  If you need help, you should consult with a reputable company like Gem State Specialists for advice on when to specify each variety of lapel pin. Often an established lapel pin company like Gem State Specialists can save you time and money.

Silver, Gold, Nickel Plated Lapel Pins

Lapel pins can be plated over the base metal, to give them a very rich look.  Most people like the gold plated lapel pins best.  However, they can be plated silver, which may tarnish with time, or often the lapel pins are plated with nickel to give the pins, earrings, or charms a bright silvery finish which does not readily tarnish.

Lapel Pin Backs, often called "Findings"

You may have noticed that lapel pins have many different kinds of backs.  Some have a safety clasp, but you will see post backs, military clip backs, tie-tac backs, cuff-links, charms, necklaces, earrings, and even leather key-fobs.  These are called "findings" in the trade.  One of the more popular lapel pin backs is the military clip using the newer rubber back or plastic back.  These lapel pin backs are very inexpensive, and  stay on quite well.

Cloisonné History

Cloisonné ranks as one of the world's fine arts:  It is often used to make quality custom lapel pins, and you may see it on expensive vases and decorative items.  Gem State Specialists has been using Cloisonné for over 30 years to produce exceptional quality lapel pins as reasonable prices.  Modern technology has developed a similar process for making Imitation Cloisonné lapel pins that are very hard to distinguish from the traditional Cloisonné.  

Cloisonné, also known as cloisonné enamel, is the decorative art of applying enamel of all colors to the surface of a copper or bronze object which is then fired to become a bright and colorful work of art. This artistic technique was transmitted to China from the West and reached its peak of perfection as a result of the concerted efforts of Chinese artisans. Chinese cloisonné thereupon became the standard by which to measure the quality and appraise the beauty of cloisonné worldwide.

The technique for cloisonné enameling was passed onto China by missionaries from central Asia sometime in the early to mid-14th century. After mastering the skill of manufacturing enamel products, Chinese constantly improved and enhanced this special technique, making it a distinctly Chinese art. During the mid-15th century reign of Ming Emperor Ching T'ai, cloisonné production was extremely prosperous--many cloisonné works of the most delicate quality were produced. These works were mostly fused with a kind of special blue enamel as the base color, hence the term for cloisonné in Chinese: ching-t'ai-lan (``Ching-t'ai Blue'').

The general method for making cloisonné involved first soldering brass wires to the surface of a copper object to form a pattern or illustration, then, according to the requirements of each pattern, colored enamels were filled in.
Enamel was made by melting different materials such as red lead, boric acid borate, and glass powder together to become an opaque or translucent glistening substance. A variety of oxidized metals are added, and the substance then changed into enamels of different colors, or enamel coloring. After the melted enamel cooled and became solid, it was then ground into powder and mixed with water prior to the filling in process.

After the spaces delineated by brass wires on the copper object were filled in with enamel paste, the object was then fired. After every firing, the enamel would contract, producing an uneven surface. It was then necessary to fill in the uneven places with enamel paste of the same color many times over. This procedure had to be repeated many times until every filled-in space became thoroughly smooth without any depressions. Only then was the firing process complete.

Enamelware that had been fired then needed to have its surface polished smooth so that the soldered brass wire pattern and the enamel substance were melded into one. Finally, the exposed brass wires between parts of the patterns as well as the rim and the bottom of an object, to which enamel had no been applied, were gold plated. Thus, a work of cloisonné art was finished.

Cloisonne, whose history dates back to over 1000 years ago, is well-known traditional enamelware. It is actually called the "Blue of Jingtai" as blue is the dominant color adopted for enameling and cloisonne became prevalent during the reign of Jingtai (1450--1456) in the Ming dynasty. Owing to the brilliant color and splendid designs, cloisonne has been highly appraised at home and abroad. Regarding the making of cloisonne, it involves quite elaborate and complicated processes: base-hammering, soldering, enamel-filling, enamel firing, polishing and gilding.

Enamel Firing

The article is fired by putting it into the crucible and in a moment the copper body will turn red. In time of firing re-filling is repeatedly required, as the enamel in the little compartments will sink down a little after firing.


To make the filigree and the filled compartments even, the artisan has to polish the half finished products again and again. First emery is used. Then after the whole piece is put to fire again, a whetstone is employed for polishing. In the end, a piece of hard carbon is required in order that the article will obtain some luster on the surface.


Lastly, place the article in gold or silver fluid with changing electric current so as to keep the cloisonne free from rust. Another electroplating and a slight polish are demanded for the exposed parts of the filigree and the metal fringes of the article.

Quality Lapel Pins Enamel Pins, Photo-etched pins, Medallions, Coins, and Embroidered Patches

Gem State Specialists has over 30 years experience making quality Lapel pins, Award Pins, Hat and Patriotic Pins, Flag Pins, Key Fobs, License Plate Emblems, and embroidered Patches! Custom manufactured pins are low cost items that many of their customers use to raise money for charity, recognition, and just plain trading.  Gem State Specialists make custom lapel pins right!  Fast, Low Cost, Excellent Quality....that's what you want, and that's what you get when you order lapel pins, patches, and award pins from Gem State Specialists!   Their excellent reputation for quality award pins and patches dates back to 1973!

Company Profiles

Gem State Specialists is a multi-faceted corporation.  The Custom Pin and Patch manufacturing division services all 50 States, Canada, and many European Countries.  In addition, a Computer Networking group designs and services complex business networks in the Northwest.

You'll like doing business with Gem State Specialists because they care about customers long after the sale!  The good people at Gem State Specialists can provide you or your company with affordable custom  award pins and patches. Located in the silver mining region of Northern Idaho, they have over 30 years experience providing customers with quality awards, lapel pins and embroidered patches.  Since 1973, customers keep coming back for custom patches, lapel pins, custom charms, award medallions and leather key-fobs.

Cyberpins is a subsidiary company that caters to businesses, bikers, VFW and Jaycees.  You can find them at http://www.cyberpins.com .

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