Lapel pins have been used for a long time now. Their first appearance can be traced back to the Civil War. Usually, they have a solid reputation when it comes to military and politics. Soldiers, generals and officials wear them to distinguish their rank, section and service. Moreover, they set the official’s accomplishments and awards. In some cases, these pins have an extra dangling ornament. Government officials and personnel wear them to distinguish their office and affiliation. It is not necessary that they would have to wear flag colors but usually, it’s the coat of arms of the country or state. Government officials belonging to certain departments will wear the department’s symbol. Depending on the design, the rank indicated by each pin can be a status symbol. Each pin will communicate a government official’s position and affiliation therefore eliminating any embarrassing situation of misidentification. Some lapel pins are even made from premium metals such as gold and silver. These types are more expensive than the rest. Each pin is small enough to be discreetly worn without attracting too much attention or ruining the entire look of the outfit.
The Usage in Businesses, Organizations and Charities
There are a lot of corporations and businesses who use lapel pins to their own advantage. Businesses use them as a way of recognition and appreciation to their employees and managers. Restaurants, for example, make their employees wear them as a part of their uniform. This gives them a sense of belonging and identity. This also bolsters brand and company loyalty. Another way that business and corporations use lapel pins is for event marketing and brand awareness. Oftentimes, a corporation or business partners to fund or support an event that is in line with the brand identity. In order to market their brand, they would distribute them to event planners, organizers and booth holders. The corporate officials present in the event will also wear them. The catch in wearing a certain pin representing a company is that the company must have achieved a certain degree of esteem and reputation to make its wearer proud.
Charity organizations typically have a number of sponsors and donors. With that said, the events and causes held by charities will be funded by the money and manpower of these sponsors and donors. Most of these sponsors will not be entirely enterprising in their cause, meaning that they would not advertise themselves heavily on each charitable event. This shows that the sponsor truly believes in the cause of the event. Wearing a certain lapel pin that represents an event shows the faith on the event and cause.
Lapel pins can also have other uses besides from military, government and corporation. They can be distributed in trade shows and art exhibits. Because they are relatively cheap and quick to manufacture, more and more people are using them for aesthetic purposes. Lapel pins are rapidly becoming available in cute and fun designs such as cartoon characters, letters, numbers, flowers and animals. Some are even encrusted with small crystals and some are decorated with glitters.
akoThere are many kinds of metals used for making lapel pins. The most common kinds are steel, nickel, brass, nickel silver (German silver) and copper. Steel also can be available in stainless variants. Copper and brass are usually the preferred metals because they are softer thus making impressions and embossed lettering and images are easier and cheaper. Because copper and brass are typically less durable, they are often plated with a more durable kind of metal after they are shaped and cut. More expensive metals are gold, platinum and silver.