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Enamel Pin Grading

Standard pins

The highest quality of pins offered. Standards have imperfections that are only visible upon very close-up inspection and/or from looking at the pin under certain lighting or from a specific angle. Free of major defects, but may have: 

  • Superficial marks or scratches on metal or enamel surface 
  • Superficial specks, dots, bubbles, or super fine cracks on enamel 
  • Slightly low or uneven enamel fills Imperfections on the back or side of pin

Seconds pins

Seconds pins have noticeable, possibly multiple defects. These pins are still quality products, but due to the nature of handmade items, there are less than perfect results. Seconds may exhibit the following defects:  

  • Deeper marks or scratches on metal or enamel surface 
  • Larger specks, dots, bubbles, or fine cracks on enamel 
  • Low or uneven enamel fills 
  • Smudges and stains on metal or enamel surface

Note: Flaws on seconds grade pins are random. We can't tell you what flaws you'll receive if you order a seconds pin, and cannot accommodate specific flaw preferences


We do not sell perfect/collector grade pins, sorry! We always do our best to send out the best pins available; if there is a major issue, please send an email with photos explaining your problem to shop@artoftangmo.com.