Enamel Pin Grading

Enamel pins are handmade items and natural variations or slight flaws can occur during the production process. Flaws or imperfections also vary by production batches. As such, please be aware that this store does not sell collector's or perfect grade items.

Standard Grades are near perfect pins, but may still come with minor imperfections. 


Some examples of imperfections include (but not limited to):

  • Little imperfections in the metal plating or enamel
  • Light scratches on the metal plating
  • Tiny speckles or dots on the enamel
  • Tiny pores or dust on the enamel 
  • Minor underfill or uneven fill in the enamel
  • Minor discoloration & unevenness in the metal
  • Minor imperfection in screenprinting
  • Minor imperfection in metal craft and plating
  • Tiny spots or marks on the pin

B-Grades have more noticeable flaws on top of imperfections that may appear on Standard Grades. Some examples include (but not limited to):

  • Speckles or dots on the enamel
  • Mild discoloration of the enamel
  • Light scratches or scuffing across the pin
  • Mild oxidisation on the metal

Seconds have very obvious imperfections, but are perfect for regular wear such as pinning them on bags or jackets. Some examples include (but not limited to):

  • Scratches, scuffing or marks across large areas of the pin
  • Noticeable specks or stains on the metal or enamel
  • Obvious paint smudges
  • Large areas of underfill in the enamel
  • Large areas of oxidisation on the metal
  • Imperfect or badly aligned screenprinting
  • Obvious plating or metal chippings
  • Loose back posts