The custom buckle is hand sculpted by elite silversmiths, incorporating traditional talents honed through generations, and cutting edge technology. The base is cut from a sold block of metal. The artists then begin carving out and etching in the edge designs. Each floral and letter is meticulously hand cut and shaped. Once all the detail is complete, each piece is hand welded onto the base. The buckle is then sent to be plated with precious metals. The buckle is dipped in a bath of pure silver, gold, and copper. An electrical current is run through the bath and the precious metals are fused to the buckle in an ionic bond. The buckle is then polished, and coated with a micro thin lacquer that prevents tarnishing. This ensures your award buckle will shine brightly for a lifetime. Lastly, each individual stone is fitted into the buckle.