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Crystal Awards

What are Crystal Awards?

Crystal Awards are recognition pieces made from premium, ultraclear glass and personalized with sandblast engraving.

Crystal awards (sometimes known as crystal trophies, or crystal plaques) are considered the gold standard in the world of recognition awards, and are widely used to celebrate exceptional achievements, important milestones, and special people. 

A well made custom crystal award will shine for a lifetime - a sparkling reminder of feeling recognized, appreciated, and celebrated!

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About Our Custom Crystal Awards

We offer a curated collection of some of the finest crystal awards, all of which can be personalized exactly as you wish. Each crystal award we offer has been selected for its quality, timeless design, its popularity, and its brilliance. So you can order any of our crystal awards with confidence, knowing that it will compliment and elevate your message of recognition and appreciation. 

Our crystal awards can also help elevate the stature of your recognition program or award ceremony. When people witness crystal awards being presented, it adds a sense of excitement and importance to the event, which also helps to raise the prestige of both the recipient and the presenter.

When someone see their name engraved in their crystal award, they are usually amazed by how it's done and impressed by how cool it looks! Even more importantly, they can immediately see and understand their crystal award is unique and thoughtfully made especially for them, which amplifies the intended message of recognition and appreciation.

Many who receive personalized crystal awards consider their awards to be priceless!

 

Where can I buy crystal awards?

When shopping for high-quality, well made crystal awards, choose a supplier that does all of their design and engraving in-house. Eclipse Awards is a well-known and trusted supplier of premium crystal awards.

Crystal has captured people’s imaginations since it was first invented. People love to hold it and to feel its solid weight, and its smooth, polished surfaces. Crystal is synonymous with excellence and clarity, in addition to being perceived as luxurious, valuable and desirable. So it's hardly a surprise why organizations love presenting crystal awards from Eclipse Awards...because people love receiving them! 

Pro tip: when buying crystal awards, the words “trophies” and “awards” are often used interchangeably. Some prefer to say trophies when referring to sports events and awards for business events, but there are no hard rules. Crystal trophies and crystal awards are essentially the same thing. 

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Crystal awards: customized vs. personalized

Custom Crystal Awards (also known as Customized Crystal Awards) are one-of-a-kind crystal trophies designed specifically for an organization’s event or recognition program. Custom crystal awards do include personalization details, however they are “made to order” because they require a unique shape, or marking, or material.

Making custom crystal awards typically involves a design process to determine the shape and specifications of the award, followed by a manufacturing period where that glass crystal is hand-cut to shape, polished, assembled, then engraved and personalized to create your brilliant, one of a kind custom crystal awards.

The whole process to design and make custom crystal awards can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks depending on the complexity of the design and whether any crystal award prototypes are required.

Some examples of custom crystal awards that we’ve made:

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Approximately 20% of the orders we produce are Customized Crystal Awards. Done well (and we’ve done some beauties!), custom crystal awards can be unique, impressive and memorable. Successful custom projects start with a clear vision, budget and timeline. However, keep in mind that making custom crystal awards typically costs a bit more and takes a bit longer than using prefab crystal awards. Often we can achieve similar results at a lower cost by personalizing our prefab crystal awards. 

Have a custom crystal award project in mind? Here are some things to consider before ordering your custom crystal awards

What are personalized crystal awards?

Personalized Crystal Awards are made using ready-to-go, prefab crystal “blanks” that we engrave with your unique text and artwork to create one of a kind crystal awards.

Ordering personalized crystal awards can reduce lead times by up to 80%, and reduce costs by as much as 50% when compared to ordering custom crystal awards! 

Our online catalog includes timeless and popular crystal award styles that can be personalized for any occasion. We carry these on hand at Eclipse Awards, read to go as soon as your order arrives. Then we personalize them for you through custom graphic design that incorporates your details, and elegant sandblast engraving.

When you order personalized crystal awards, more of your money goes into the quality and craftsmanship of your crystal awards, and less into developing novel custom award designs and prototypes.  

 

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Here are 3 crystal awards that you can order with personalization right now:

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Crystal Innovation Trophy

The Crystal Innovation Award has symmetry and balance. A modern and versatile award that features brilliant crystal, faceted sides, and large engravable area for personalization. 


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Regeneration Trophy

Recognize the spirit of renewal and growth with the Regeneration Crystal Trophy!
This 1.5" thick solid crystal desktop award is accented with green crystal leaves.  

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Crystal Silhouette Award

Smooth and curved lines lend elegance to the visually stunning Crystal Silhouette Award!
This award includes custom engraving on both the face and the base.

80% of the crystal awards we produce are Personalized Crystal Awards because they offer great value. By personalizing prefab crystal awards with great custom design and engraving, we provide an efficient, streamlined, and cost effective approach to producing awesome personalized crystal awards, every time! 

To order your personalized crystal awards, head over to our premium crystal awards catalog online now.  

crystal awards vs. crystal trophies: what is the difference?

Although the words “trophies” and “awards” do have slightly different definitions, many people use the terms almost interchangeably, and we do as well.  

The dictionary defines “trophy” as: something gained or given in victory, especially when preserved or mounted as a memorial.

An “award” is defined as: something that is conferred or bestowed especially on the basis of merit or need. 

So trophies and awards are very similar, and in many ways, they are the same thing. However, if you want to differentiate between them, here are a few more observations that may help:

  • A trophy is a type of award. All trophies are awards but not all awards are trophies.

  • Some awards are determined based on subjective considerations, whereas trophies are presented based on objective considerations (ie winning a tournament)

  • Some say “You win a trophy; you earn an award.”

  • A trophy sometimes has sports implications, while awards tend to be business related

Trophies and awards are both objects that are personalized and presented for the purposes of recognition and celebration, so we use the words “trophy” and “award” interchangeably, and you can too! 

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Where to order crystal awards online?

As many trophy stores and retail showrooms are closed indefinitely due to the pandemic, it makes sense to order your crystal trophies online. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Toronto, Dallas, Edmonton, Detroit, Bellingham or Calgary...online trophy shops like www.eclipseawards.com offer a web catalog of crystal awards and plaques that you can order from your desk, and have personalized and delivered within 2 weeks. 

*Pro-tip: Choose a crystal awards supplier that does all of their sandblast engraving in-house to ensure higher quality and faster lead times. 

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How much do crystal awards cost?

Crystal awards can cost anywhere from $75 to $350 or more, depending on how much they are customized and personalized. Some of the factors that affect cost are: 

  • quantity of crystal awards required

  • complexity of the custom award shape & design

  • type of marking used for personalization (sandblasting, laser engraving, UV printing, 3D laser)

  • thickness and colour of the crystal required for the award design

  • style of presentation box (if needed at all)

  • lead time you have available 

  • your budget

As well, consider these points when choosing a supplier to make your crystal awards:

  • Some companies may charge a design fee to design your award, so be sure to clarify that before your project gets underway. 

  • Developing new custom award designs may require investing in molds and/or prototypes, which can add to the overall cost and timeline. 

  • Your custom crystal awards are one of a kind. You may want to produce a few extra pieces to have on hand, just in case you ever need more on short notice. 

Pro tip! Ordering prefab crystal awards is the fastest and most cost effective way to produce personalized crystal awards, because much of the work has already been done. We design your custom artwork and then sandblast engrave it to create beautiful crystal awards, personalized exactly as you wish. 

Crystal awards are an exciting and impressive addition to any event and they don’t have to break the bank. Plan ahead as much as possible to keep costs down.

Ready to make your custom crystal awards a reality? We’ll help you bring them to life!

 

How are crystal awards made?

Crystal awards are typically cut from large sheets of optically clear glass known as K9 optic crystal. K9 optically clear crystal is distortion free and known for creating beautiful rainbow prisms when placed in bright light. All crystal award components are cut, polished, and assembled by hand, which means that experience and craftsmanship are very important to creating beautiful pieces.

Prefab crystal awards are kept on hand and ready to go, just waiting to be personalized. When you place your order, we incorporate your personalization details into a custom design that we sandblast engrave onto the crystal to create a uniquely personalized crystal award. Our process allows us to create one crystal award, or hundreds!

To learn more about the properties of K9 Glass, also known as K9 Optic Crystal, visit Wikipedia

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How to order crystal awards

If you’re preparing to order bespoke crystal awards from an online supplier, consider these points as you’re getting underway:

  1. Who are you recognizing and how many crystal awards will you be presenting?

    1. Will all awards be the same size and style?

    2. Different recognition levels may require different crystal awards

  2. When would you like your awards to be delivered by? 

    1. Different suppliers offer different lead times, so be sure to plan accordingly to keep costs low. Our lead time is 10 business days, which means if you order before 10am PST on Monday morning, your completed order will be delivered by end of day the following Friday. The more time you can provide however, the better. 

  3. What to include on your awards. 

    1. Need help with ideas and wordings suggestions for your crystal awards? Download our free Award Design Guide pdf.

    2. If you have your personalization details and logo files ready, you can upload them when placing your order online. 

    3. Even if you don’t have your personalization details or logo ready, you can still place your order and our team will help you craft the perfect message and graphics for your awards order!

Ordering personalized crystal awards is as simple as gathering a few details and then selecting the awards you’d like to personalize. There are 3 ways that you can get your order underway:

  1. Online. Place your order at www.eclipseawards.com. Add the crystal awards you want to personalize to your cart and let us know when you’d like them delivered by. Upload your personalization details during the checkout process, or provide them at a later time if you don’t have them ready yet.

  2. Email. Send your order details to orders@eclipseawards.com and include what you have ready and available. Your dedicated service representative will follow up to gather any remaining personalization details. 

  3. Phone. Call us at 888-294-7121 with your order details, and speak to real people who are here to help you and answer any questions. 

However you choose to order from us, the first thing you will see is an email order confirmation that summarizes your order and timeline. Then we begin a design process to create the custom artwork for your trophies, which we email you as a digital artwork proof (pdf). 

Review your artwork proof closely for grammar, spelling, punctuation and important details. Then you can either approve it if everything looks good, or request changes. You can request unlimited design revisions at no charge, until you approve the artwork proof. We cannot start engraving your awards until you have approved your artwork!

Once you have approved your artwork, no further changes are possible because we start production immediately. When then engrave your crystal awards, clean them, inspect them, then safely pack them for shipping. We let you know once your order has shipped out. 

Throughout the whole order process, we keep you in the loop with a series of email order updates that let you know where we are in the whole process. Of course you’re always free to check in on the status of your order anytime!

How to choose a crystal awards supplier

When selecting an online crystal awards supplier to work with, ask a few of these questions to help you choose a good supplier partner:How long have you been in business?

  1. How long have you been in business?

A couple of years may mean the company is eager, yet inexperienced. 10 years or more and you know they are probably pretty great at what they do to have survived that long.

    2. Do you produce your trophies and awards in-house?

Some companies outsource all design and production. Others do design and production in-house, which typically means better quality control

     3. Do you have any setup charges or design charges?

Be aware of any hidden fees or add on-costs

     4. What guarantees do you provide?

Safe and on-time delivery are important. So is quality and workmanship.

     5. Do you provide artwork proofs with every order?

Some companies don’t provide artwork proofs, or may charge for them. Some may charge you to make design changes or updates.

     6. How do you contribute to the community or environment?

               a. Support the companies you believe in that share your values

Asking a few of these questions will help you select a great crystal awards maker that will be both a good supplier and reliable partner.

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When to present glass or crystal awards?

Present crystal awards whenever you want to mark a very special occasion or accomplishment with a lasting tribute. Using crystal awards at your event captures people’s attention and helps create a sense that something special and important is happening. In turn, this amplifies the message of recognition and appreciation intended by the award. 

Personalized crystal recognition awards can be used for any of the following occasions or programs:

  • Retirement gifts

  • New stock issues

  • Real estate transactions

  • Attaining fundraising goals

  • Years of service awards

  • Volunteer awards

  • Donor recognition 

  • Exemplary leadership

  • Employee recognition awards

  • Years of service awards

  • Top sales awards

  • Safety awards

  • Corporate product launch

  • Board gifts

  • Sports trophies

  • Teamwork awards

Crystal and glass awards can be personalized for virtually any event, accomplishment, milestone, or occasion. Have a crystal award design idea you’d like to explore? Get in touch, we’re happy to help!

What to write on a crystal award?

Once you’ve selected the crystal awards you’d like to order, it’s time to think about how to personalize them and what to write on them. When considering what to put on a crystal award, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Keep it simple. The crystal award itself elevates and amplifies your message of recognition, so you don’t need a lot of wording. If you have a lot to say, write it on a card or express it when presenting the award.

  2. Add their name. Engraving a person’s name onto their crystal award makes it so much more meaningful. It shows your intention to make something special, just for them. A personalized award is priceless

  3. Include an image or logo. Adding a graphic element to your award design can really help balance the layout. Also, logos help with branding your awards, which can provide years of marketing exposure over the life of the award.

  4. Consider a date. Adding a date on your award helps to add context. Crystal awards last for decades, so dates are a nice reminder of a certain time.

Remember: there are no rules when it comes to designing crystal awards. Just be sure they convey your message of gratitude and appreciation. 

If you’re looking for more design ideas, phrases, or wording suggestions for your crystal awards, be sure to download our free Award Design Guide here

Pro Tip - you can order your crystal awards before you have the wording and personalization details finalized. Our team can help craft the perfect message and design for your crystal awards!

 

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Crystal Awards by Eclipse Awards - Why choose us?

Since 1998, Eclipse Awards has specialized in making crystal trophies, awards and plaques that celebrate the human spirit. Over the past 20 years we’ve created thousands and thousands of customized and personalized crystal awards that people absolutely love!

Our designers know how to make crystal awards look fantastic, and our experienced team of artisans includes master sandcarvers who bring crystal awards to life with fine engraving. We deliver value by creating one of a kind, individually personalized crystal awards that you can use to recognize, uplift, empower and engage people in your community.

We only offer popular and time-tested crystal award styles so that you can order from us confidently, knowing that your crystal awards will be made to the highest standards, with care, attention to detail, and a dash of magic that will make each of your crystal awards sparkle and shine!

Find out why many of the world’s most successful organizations choose Eclipse Awards to make their personalized crystal awards!

 

What are some famous crystal awards?

Crystal awards are symbols of success and accomplishment. Some crystal awards are so famous and iconic that they have entered society’s collective consciousness. Some examples of well known crystal are are:
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The Players Championship Trophy by Waterford Crystal
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The American Music Awards - celebrate the greatest talents of contemporary music.

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The People’s Choice Awards - recognizing popular entertainers, as voted by fans