Crystal trophies are available in all types of materials, sizes and shapes. You will be able to find a design for any type of event ranging from the simple plaque to a more elaborate glass art piece. Familiarize yourself with all the options to find the ideal choice to suit your purpose.
Glass is the most common material that serves as a substitute to crystal. It is also the cheapest option. Glass is made of silica sand. Trophies made of glass usually appear with a greenish tint caused by the high percentage of iron ore.
Hence, it is usually referred to as jade glass although it does not contain jade. You will also find crystal clear glass. This is more expensive than jade glass. It is of superior quality to float glass and it is a cheaper substitute to crystal.
The most valued crystal trophies are made of 24% lead crystal. The 24% lead creates the most clarity and brilliance. A prestigious event for distinguished awardees deserves nothing less. It is softer and it is suitable for engraving.
Optical or optic crystal is the best alternative for lead-free products. It goes through a complicated manufacturing process where the material is subjected to heavy pressure resulting to a product that is three inches thick and free from bubbles and imperfections. It is valued for its rigidity and durability. Optic crystals are also commonly used to make cameras, binoculars and similar electronics because it is flawless.
The black optic crystal version is a more modern design. It is of the same quality as the optic crystal but with the trademark black color. Iron oxide, copper oxide, manganese dioxide and cobalt oxide give it that distinctive color. You may also add chrome details to black optic crystal trophies for a modern cutting-edge look.
A starfire crystal is another form that is lead-free and has low levels of iron. It comes in a slightly blue hue. It is also considered as one of the premium crystals for its fine beveled edges.
For a unique and distinctive trophy, art glass is the way to go. Each piece is distinct and created by a glass artist. That makes it a true work of art. The size, color, clarity and quality are unique to each piece. It may also have bubbles that add to the charm of the piece. The art piece is valued for its imperfections and unique attributes.
There are more types of trophies supplied by different crystal vendors. Choosing and designing a piece makes it a fun and enjoyable experience because crystals are a beauty to behold. To avoid being overwhelmed by all the options, consider the nature of the event and the purpose of the award.