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Pin Grading System

Basic info:

Enamel pins are made into two different types: hard enamel and soft enamel. Hard enamel pins are flush with the metal in the design, making a smooth, hard surface. Soft enamel pins are with low-filled enamel, creating a texture to them with raised metal. As of right now, all pins sold on are hard enamel.


Enamel pins are handmade items manufactured in China. Because of the nature of the production, there is no "perfect" pin--but they come very close! All pins are graded by yours truly and categorized by "standard" and "second" grade.

Grades are based upon my own judgement. My second grade might not be the same as someone else's. Please be aware of this when purchasing pins from any pin maker.


What makes a standard and second grade pin? Pins are categorized into grades based on the amount and severity of defects. This includes, but are not limited to:

  • scratches in the enamel and/or metal
  • wrong or low/uneven fill colors
  • spots or smudges in the enamel
  • dents or tarnishing in the metal
  • wiggly or bent posts
  • small notches on the edge
Standard grade pins have the least amount of these defects, ranging from little to none.

Second grade pins have a little more that normally are not visible unless holding up close.

*Tarnished metal on the back of the pin is not uncommon for standard grades, as this does not affect the design or presentation.


Please be aware of this grading system, as refunds are not accepted on second grade pins.