The methods GEMPIRE uses in making products allow our customers to receive exquisitely decorative and highly desirable items. Typically made of a brass alloy and custom plated, we also offer precious and semi precious metals. These items may be made into lapel pins or other jewelry pieces, such as earrings, charms stick pins, blazer buttons, cufflinks and many other applications. We offer these same fine processes for attachment to our marble, key rings, leather gift items, coasters, and luggage tags.
Cloisonné: An ancient process using ground, colored glass. The glass is fired at high temperatures to allow it to flow between the metal separations of the die. The surface of the pin becomes smooth and translucent. Colors are limited with this process.For PMS match, enhanced cloisonné may be used.
Laser Fired Cloisonné: Same initial process as cloisonné, but when details are too small to allow for metal separations, color is laser fired onto the pin.
Die Struck: Stamped brass with raised and polished details. The background is recessed. Sandblasting or antiquing is recommended to contrast the detail. Spot colors may be added.
Cut Out: A model is made in order to create a mold into which molten metal is injected under very high pressure. After the metal has cooled, it is trimmed, highly polished and plated.
Etched Enamel: The art is chemically etched onto the surface of the metal allowing for greater detail. The thickness of the pin is less than die struck enamel. Metal separations are required between colors. Laser firing and PMS match are available with this process.
Die Struck Enamel: Color is recessed and the metal separations are raised. Color fill is enamel allowing for PMS match. Epoxy is available.
Die Stuck Iron Enamel: Color is recessed and the metal separations are raised. Color fill is enamel allowing for PMS match. Epoxy is available. However, the base metal is iron.
Cast Stock: Each design requires a model, which is then made into a rubber mold, cast and plated. Over 1,000 stock shapes are available.
Offset Printed: Allows for reproduction of a photograph, poster or other picture. Halftones are possible. Pins can have a laminate or epoxy coating.