Engraved Seals

 

Engraving of this quality, and the richness it adds to the document, can be understood at a glance! These are our designs, created exclusively for our customers' needs. They are engraved into the paper -- similar to what you would find on a diploma for a prestigious school or university. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more details on engraving.

 

The engraved seals are approximately 1.75" wide on the diploma.

 

Christian Education Seal or Crest for Your Homeschool Diploma

Christian Education

The most popular seal, our "Christian Education" engraved seal has an open Bible at the top with the words "Thy Word is Truth" beneath it. The symbols are the lamp, the lyre, and the "Alpha Omega." The ribbon reads "Scholarship - Godliness - Christian Education."

Classical Education Seal or Crest for Your Homeschool Diploma

Educating for Excellence

This engraved seal features gold and maroon foil behind black engraving. A beautiful seal that visually expresses the desire for excellence that motivates your efforts!

Classical Education Seal or Crest for Your Homeschool Diploma

Classical Education

This engraved seal features rich green foil behind gold engraving. The central tree and the green color represent growth and life-long learning. The trunk is engraved with a subtle but definite cross, pointing us to the Savior as the source of all knowledge and wisdom. The three sections of large text each have a corresponding description in the smaller text below. Eg.,  “Classical” with "Wisdom & Virtue,” etc.

Soli Deo Gloria Seal or Crest for Your Homeschool Diploma

Soli Deo Gloria

This seal bears the Latin phrase 'Soli Deo Gloria' and below it, the English translation 'To God Alone be the Glory.' It's a reminder that everything in our lives -- including past accomplishments and future plans -- should be reflected back in praise to God. We've designed a beautiful setting for the cross and crown that symbolizes the Lordship of Christ; gold engraving on top of royal blue foil.

Private Education Seal or Crest for Your Homeschool Diploma

Private Education

This seal is impressive with its gold engraving on navy blue foil -- the raised surface contrasts nicely with the smooth finish of the navy foil. It reads "Scholarship - Excellence - Character" with "Private Education" forming the inner ring of text at the points of the starburst.

 

 
 Why and How We Created Engraved Seals

 

 

Small schools and individuals normally cannot afford the expense of a set of dies to do engraving work. Engraving adds value to your diploma and makes our diplomas difficult to duplicate. The company that does our engraving has won world-wide acclaim for their work. It is an art form and is done in the traditional method -- the engraving on each seal is finished by hand under magnification.

 

Our concept is made into a seal design and then a set of dies is made for each color. The dies are created using our digital artwork. The foil die (used to lay down the area of foil onto the paper) has the image raised above the surface of the plate. The engraving die, on the other hand, has the image etched down into the surface of the die, and has a mating "counter," which is a mirror image of the engraving die.

 

The process of creating the seals on paper requires a number of steps; from laying down the foil to burnishing the finished product. With each successive step, the "registration" must be precise. The presses used to do the engraving on your diploma are machines which exert tremendous pressure. Engraving ink (a thick ink which contains metal) is used so each tiny recess fills. The press brings the mating plates together with the paper between them so the ink is pressed into the surface of the paper. This is why an engraved seal is actually raised above the surface of the paper. If you examine the back of the diploma, you will see the impression made by the "counter" to the engraving die, which pushes up, into the paper from the bottom. The engraving is completed under a magnifying lens with hand tools to burnish the finished product.