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Enamel Pin Grading


Pin grading is subjective and varies from maker to maker. Since enamel pins are handmade items, they rarely, if ever, will appear 'perfect'. Please keep this in mind while browsing our content.

If there is a major issue, please send photos and an explanation of your problem to so we can help.


The highest quality pin available. Free of major imperfections, but may exhibit the following *minor* imperfections:
  • Superficial marks or scratches on metal or enamel surface
  • Superficial specks, dots, or bubbles on enamel
  • Slightly low or uneven fills
  • Imperfections on the back or side of pin
  • Slight darker flecks of glitter and/or small specks of stray glitter (on glitter pins)
  • Other superficial imperfections that are only visible upon very close-up inspection and/or from looking at the pin under certain lighting or from a specific angle.


We do not ship seconds pins. Seconds pins have one or multiple defects exhibited below:

  • Noticeable smudges and/or staining on the metal or enamel surface
  • Oxidization of the metal
  • Noticeable and/or deep scratches that span across the metal and/or enamel
  • Very low fills in larger or visually important areas
  • Slightly loose posts/backings

If you have a specific question about your Award, please contact us.