People, who are looking forward to getting awards andtrophies, think of glass and crystal to be one and the same. But, when you speak technically, glass materials such as plaques, trophies, and other award forms are made of lead crystal, glass, or optical crystal. You will be surprised to know that crystal awards aren’t necessarily the most expensive ones.
Silica sand is used to make glass, and it also used to make figurines as well as other similar kind of gift items. You will habitually find glass in greenish form and they are used in gifts and awards. It is also called as jade glass, since it contains traces of jade. Shade in the glass item is because of higher percentage in the iron ore that it contains.
Crystal Clear Glass
You can see crystal clear glass in several displays, awards, and gift items. It might cost double the price of jade glass. The glass that you see here is of supreme quality and is a true substitute to crystal.
Some of the crystal awards and trophies are manufactured with lead crystal. Apart from plaques and awards, some glassware such as bowls, flutes, decanters, and other such items are manufactured with the help of this material too.
Lead crystal contains higher amount of lead oxide, which is much softer compared to glass, making it more easy for you to polish and cut.
For this particular reason, people who make cut crystals also make use of this material. For awards and also other analogous displays, it can be etched on with images and text as your personal taste, and requirements too.
Since lead crystal is simple to work on, it can get scratched and damaged pretty easily. This is the only reason that engravers concentrate more while using this material. These people also make sure that all other areas are touched upon, at the time of engraving.
All abrasives that are used in engraving procedure may unintentionally hit any part of lead crystal substantially and will completely deteriorate the overall design.
Optical crystal is used in telescope lenses and other optical instruments. This optical crystal is characterized by high levels of clarity that is attributed to lead substitution barium and other metals.
Itssparkle also makes it an ideal material for making crystal awards and trophies. Apart from being much clearer in comparison to lead crystal, the optical type is much harder too. It cannot get easily scratched when compared to the lead type; it is still softer and can be easily engraved, in comparison to glass. However, the engraver has to work carefully, because the slightest of the mistakes can be potentially disastrous.
Art glass belongs to a category of its own. You would never see 2 trophies of this material type at once. Each piece is moulded with the help of bubbles, glass artist, and other elements that get trapped in this material. As a result, the product’s colour, size, clarity, and other qualities are permanently unique.
So, go ahead and choose something that fits your requirements.