Pins Grades

Q: What is pin grading? How does it work in your shop?
A: Enamel pins are colored and polished by hand. This causes natural variations and slight flaws during the production process. We sort our pins into three grades: A-Grade (flawless), Standard Grade (minor flaws), and B-Grade (major flaws). 

A-Grade pins:
No noticeable defects but may have one of *very-hard-to-see* or *visible-from-certain-angle* imperfections on metal or enamel:
 ✦  low-fill enamel in small areas
 ✦  small traces of random debris (dust, fuzz, random glitter piece, etc.)
 ✦  tiny bubbles in enamel, glitter, or epoxy coating
 ✦  light scuffing / scratches / dents


Standard Grade pins:
Has a small mark or defect that is not noticeable enough to be considered B-Grade. Have several imperfections from the list:
 ✦  small recessed parts filled with enamel that shouldn't be there
 ✦  missing areas in metal plating on pin sides
 ✦  low-fill enamel in small areas
 ✦  bigger traces of dust, fuzz, etc. stuck in enamel
 ✦  tiny bubbles in enamel, glitter, or epoxy coating
 ✦  random glitter piece stuck in enamel
 ✦  light scuffing / scratches / dents / enamel bleeding

B-Grade pins:
Has more noticeable flaws on the enamel or metal, such as:
 ✦  large dents / divots / scratches
 ✦  moving posts
 ✦  low-fill in large areas
 ✦  discoloration / staining
 ✦  missing enamel / plating
 ✦  wrong enamel fill colors
 ✦  excessive bubbles / scratches / dents / divots
 ✦  foreign materials embedded in enamel, glitter or epoxy
B-Grades may or may not have a backing card or special packaging. Good choice for everyday wear!

C-Grade pins:
We don't usually have them in our batches / put them on sale, but here are their characteristics just in case. They have very major defects mentioned above, or might have:
 ✦  missing post
 ✦  tarnished plating
 ✦  very tainted enamel