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Exclusive Engraved Seal Upgrade

 

Engraving of this quality, with its incredibly crisp detail, is best appreciated with a magnifying glass, but the richness it adds to the document can be understood at a glance!

 

These are our own designs, created "exclusively" for our customers' needs. They are not "stick on" seals, but are engraved into the paper -- exactly what you would find on a diploma for a prestigious school or university. All seals are approx. 1.75" wide.

 

Christian Education

Our most popular seal, the "Christian Education" engraved crest 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." Beneath the crest is a ribbon which reads "Scholarship - Godliness - Christian Education."

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 3 sections of large text each have a corresponding description in the smaller text below. Eg., "Wisdom & Virtue" below the word "Classical" etc.

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 for the crown and with royal blue foil for the cross .

Private Education

Engraved with gold on Navy blue foil, this seal is impressive, with its classic proportions and Roman letter style. It reads "Scholarship - Excellence - Character" with "Private Education" forming the inner ring of text at the points of the starburst. The gold engraving is very tactile -- the raised surface contrasts nicely with the smooth finish of the matte navy foil.

 
 What's involved in Creating These Engraved Seals?

 

 

We've designed these "Exclusive" seals specifically for our customers,  since small schools normally can't afford the expense of a set of dies to do this kind of fine engraving work. The very cost of the dies is the reason that this process is used on diplomas; it makes them difficult to duplicate. The company we work with to do the engraving has won world-wide acclaim for their work. It is an art form and is done in the traditional method -- the engraving die is finished by hand under magnification. It is not a modern "imitation" of engraving.

 

Once we completed the concept and design work for these seals, a set of dies had to be made for each one. The dies, made of magnesium, are created using the digital artwork as a master so that the various steps of printing will line up perfectly. 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 engraving die, with its extremely fine detail, is  completed by a master diemaker, who works with hand tools and a magnifying lens.

 

Once the dies are ready, the process of actually creating the seals requires a number of steps, from laying down the foil to burnishing the finished product. With each successive step, the "registration" must be absolutely 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 squeegeed across the surface of the die so that it fills the tiny recesses. The press brings the mating plates together with the paper between them so that 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.