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What are crystal trophies?

crystal trophy is a premium recognition prize made from ultra clear glass that is engraved and personalized for a special occasion. Glass and crystal trophies are widely regarded as the gold standard in the world of recognition awards, and are used to recognize exceptional accomplishments, important milestones, and special people. 

The word "trophy" originates from the Greek word “tropē” which means “a turning of the tide, or a victory” and has evolved to mean “a monument to victory”. A trophy is an earned symbol of excellence and achievement, often presented to recognize a special effort or accomplishment. 

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The sparkle and brilliance of crystal has fascinated people for centuries. People love to hold and touch crystal for its solid yet smooth feel. High quality crystal is synonymous with excellence and clarity, and is also perceived as luxurious, valuable and desirable. It’s no wonder organizations love presenting crystal trophies, because people love receiving them! A well made, custom engraved crystal award will sparkle for a lifetime, a shining reminder of feeling recognized, appreciated, and celebrated.

See also Crystal Awards and Crystal Plaques

Also, crystal trophies help elevate the stature of an event or recognition program. When people witness crystal trophies 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. And when recipients see their own name engraved permanently in the crystal, it immediately communicates that the crystal award is unique and thoughtfully made, which helps to elevate and amplify the message of appreciation. Many who receive engraved crystal trophies personalized with their name consider their trophies to be priceless!

Eclipse Awards offers both customized and personalized crystal trophies. Read on to understand the difference.

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What are Customized Crystal Trophies?

Custom crystal trophies are one-of-a-kind trophies designed especially for an organization’s event or recognition program. Custom trophies are made to order because they require a special shape, or marking, or material, in addition to personalization details. 

Making custom crystal awards typically involves a design process to determine the shape and specifications of the trophy, followed by a manufacturing period where glass crystal is hand-cut to shape, polished, assembled, then engraved and personalized to create your sparkling, one of a kind custom crystal trophies. The whole process can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks depending on the complexity of the design and whether prototypes are required

Examples of custom corporate recognition awards that we’ve made:

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This a stock Tower Crystal Award that features sandblast engraving and a custom metal medallion. 

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This is an example of an eco-friendly crystal and wood Roots Award with a geometric design engraved onto the crystal column. 

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This is an example of a totally custom crystal trophy. We worked closely with the customer to design and bring these unique pieces to life!

On average, 20% of the orders we produce are custom crystal trophies (and we make some beauties!) Done well, custom crystal trophies can be unique, impressive and memorable. Successful 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 awards. We can often achieve similar results by personalizing our prefab crystal trophies. 

If you have a corporate awards or custom crystal trophy project in mind, click here to learn more.

What are personalized crystal trophies?

Personalized crystal trophies are the younger and faster version of custom crystal trophies. Personalized trophies use ready to go, off-the-shelf prefab crystal “blanks” that we engrave with your unique text and artwork to create one of a kind crystal trophies. Ordering personalized crystal trophies can reduce lead times by up to 80%, and reduce costs by as much as 50% when compared to ordering custom crystal trophies.

Our collection of ready to go crystal trophies includes timeless and popular styles in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be personalized for any occasion. We carry these on hand and then make them special through custom graphic design and elegant sandblast engraving. This way, more of your money goes towards the quality and craftsmanship of your crystal trophies, and less into developing novel custom trophy designs.  

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These are some examples of crystal trophies that we can personalize for you:

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Crystal Innovation Trophy

Our Innovation Award has fine symmetry and balance. A truly versatile award featuring a brilliant quality crystal and large engravable area for personalization. 


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Regeneration Trophy

Recognize the spirit of renewal and growth with our Regeneration crystal award. This free standing 1.5 inch thick crystal slab enhances your message with eye-catching green leaves.

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Crystal Silhouette Award

Smooth, curved lines lend elegance to the visually stunning crystal Silhouette Award. This award includes custom etching on the center and base.

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

For more information on customized trophies vs personalized trophies click here. 

How much do crystal trophies cost?

Crystal trophies cost between $75 to $250 each, with options at every price point. Cost is mostly determined by size, shape, and quality of crystal. Eclipse Awards offers crystal trophies at fixed, all-in prices that include design, artwork proofs, personalization and engraving. With no setup charges or hidden fees, you can order with confidence knowing the price you see is the price you will pay. 

Custom crystal trophies with uniquely designed shapes and sizes can be made upon request. For customized trophies, other factors that may affect cost are: 

  • number of trophies needed

  • shape, size and color requirements

  • type of marking used for personalization (sandblast engraving or UV printing)

  • the style of presentation box, if needed

  • your budget and the lead time you have available 

Pro tip! Ordering “off-the-shelf” is the fastest and most cost effective way to produce personalized crystal trophies, because much of the design work has already been done. We simply create custom artwork for you, then engrave it to produce beautiful crystal trophies every time, branded and personalized exactly as you wish. 

As well, consider these points before ordering fully customized crystal trophies:

  • Some companies may charge a design fee to design your custom trophy, so that is important to clarify before your project gets underway. 

  • Developing new custom trophy designs may require investing in molds and/or prototypes to ensure the final pieces will be stable and well balanced, which can add to the overall cost and timeline. 

  • If your custom crystal trophies 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. 

Crystal trophies can be awesome and impressive without breaking the bank, as long as you can have some flexibility in your vision. 

Ready to make your crystal trophies a reality? Browse our catalog of premium crystal trophies, choose your favorites, then let’s get your project underway!

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

  • Some companies may charge a design fee to design your custom trophy, while others offer free engraving, no setup charges and no minimum orders. Clarify these before your project gets underway. 

  • Developing new custom trophy designs may require investing in molds and/or prototypes to ensure the final pieces will be stable and well balanced, which can add to the overall cost and timeline. 

  • If 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.

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

Crystal trophies can be awesome and impressive without breaking the bank, as long as you can have some flexibility in your vision. 

If you’re ready to bring your custom crystal trophies a reality, let us know and we’ll help bring them to life!

 
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Where to order crystal trophies online?

In 2021, many trophy stores and showrooms are still closed, so it makes sense to order your crystal trophies online. It doesn’t matter if you’re in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto or Portland, you no longer need to find a trophy shop near you. Simply visit an online trophy shop like Eclipse Awards that offers free engraving and design, no setup charges or minimum orders, and a variety of high quality glass awards and crystal award plaques that you can order and personalize from the comfort of your desk, and have delivered within 2 weeks!

*Pro-tip When ordering crystal trophies online, choose a supplier that does all of their sandblast engraving in-house to ensure higher quality and faster lead times. Bonus points for free engraving!

 

How are crystal trophies made?

Crystal trophies are typically cut from large sheets of brilliant and optically clear glass known as K9 optic crystal. High quality, optically clear crystal is distortion free and known for creating beautiful rainbow prisms when placed in bright light. All components are cut, polished, and assembled by hand, which means that craftsmanship is very important to ensure clean lines and angles. 

These prefab crystal trophies are available in a variety of styles 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 trophy. Our process allows us to create one crystal trophy, or hundreds! Glass awards too!

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 trophies

When ordering crystal trophies from an online corporate awards vendor, consider these points as you’re getting underway:

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

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

    2. Different levels of recognition may require different crystal trophies

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

    1. Supplier lead times can vary, so plan accordingly to keep costs low. Our standard 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. If you have more time though, do let us know. 

  3. What do you want to include on your trophies?

    1. If your personalization details and logo files are ready, include them when placing your order. 

    2. You can also place your order without personalization details or logo files and our team will help you craft the perfect message and graphics for your trophy!

    3. For help with ideas and wordings for your crystal trophies, download our free Design Guide pdf

Ordering personalized crystal trophies from Eclipse Awards is as easy as gathering a few details and then selecting the trophies that you’d like to personalize. There are 3 ways that you can get your trophy customization order underway:

  1. Online. Place your order at www.eclipseawards.com. Select the crystal trophies you want to personalize by adding them to your cart, and leting us know when you need them by. You can upload your personalization details during the checkout process, or add them at a later time if you don’t have them ready yet.

  2. Email. Send your order details to orders@eclipseawards.com. Include any details that you have ready and available, then 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. 

However you choose to place your order, 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). 

Once you review your artwork proof, 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 trophies 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 trophies, clean them, inspect them, then safely pack them for shipping. We let you know once your order has shipped out. 

Throughout the order process, we keep in you in the loop with a series of email order updates that inform you where we are in the whole process. Of course you can always check in on the status of your order anytime!

How to Choose a Crystal Trophy Supplier

When selecting which online crystal trophy company to work with, consider asking a few of these questions to help you choose a good supplier partner:

  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. 

  1. 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  

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

Be aware of any hidden fees or add on-costs

  1. What guarantees do you provide?

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

  1. Do you provide artwork proofs with every order?

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

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

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Where are some famous crystal trophies?

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

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The Players Championship Trophy by Waterford Crystal
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The People’s Choice Awards - recognizing popular entertainers, as voted by fans

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When to present glass or crystal trophies?

Consider presenting crystal trophies whenever you want to mark a very special occasion or accomplishment. Using crystal trophies at your event captures people’s attention and helps create a sense that something special and important is happening. In turn, this helps to amplify the message of recognition and appreciation intended by the trophy.

Consider presenting personalized crystal or glass trophies for any of the following occasions or programs:
  • Employee recognition awards

  • Golf tournaments

  • Top sales awards

  • Safety awards

  • Corporate product launch

  • Board gifts

  • Sports trophies

  • Teamwork awards

  • Retirement gifts

  • New stock issues

  • Real estate transactions

  • Attaining fundraising goals

  • Years of service awards

  • Volunteer awards

  • Donor recognition 

  • Exemplary leadership

Because of their versatility, crystal and glass trophies can be personalized for virtually any event, accomplishment, or occasion. If you have any crystal trophy design ideas you’d like to explore, get in touch, we’re happy to help!

What to put on a crystal trophy?

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

  1. Keep it simple. The crystal trophy itself emphasizes and elevates your message of recognition, so you don’t need a lot of wording. A sentence or two at most is often enough. If you have a lot to say, write it on a card or express it when presenting the trophy.

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

  3. Add an image or logo. A graphic element can really help balance the trophy layout and design. Logos can also help with branding and marketing because they will be seen on the trophy for years to come.

  4. Include a date.Crystal trophies last for decades, so adding a date provides context and serves as a nice reminder. 

There are no rules when it comes to designing trophies. And with crystal trophies, the medium itself is a big part of the message. The award itself with help amplify and elevate your message of gratitude and appreciation. 

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

Pro Tip - you can place your order even if you haven't finalized the wording and personalization details. Our team will help you craft the perfect message and design for your trophies!
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Crystal Trophies by Eclipse Awards - What Sets Us Apart?

Since day one, Eclipse Awards has specialized in making crystal trophies, awards and plaques. Over the past 20 years we’ve created thousands and thousands of customized and personalized crystal trophies that people absolutely love! Our designers know how to highlight the brilliance of crystal, and our team of experienced artisans includes masterful sandcarvers who are skilled at engraving fine text and graphics into crystal to bring the trophies to life. We deliver value by curating a collection of timeless and popular crystal trophy styles that we turn into crystal trophies that are branded for your organization and individually personalized for each recipient. We only offer trophy styles that are popular and proven. You can order from us with confidence, knowing that your crystal trophies will be made to the highest standards, with care and attention to detail that will make each crystal trophy sparkle and shine.