enamel pins, charms, and art

Pin Grading Guide

 Pin Grading Guide

Please keep in mind that all enamel pins are handmade items: they are filled and polished individually by our skilled manufacturers, so no pin will be 100% perfect. All pins at Califlair’s shop are grouped into two grades: standard & seconds.


Standard pins are the highest quality I offer. All listed pins are standard quality, unless they are marked as seconds in the product title & descriptions. Since all pins are handmade, standard quality may include minor imperfections, including:

  • Small scuffs, or scratches on metal/enamel

  • Small specks, pores, or bubbles anywhere on the pin

  • Slightly low or uneven fills

  • Minor metal discolorations

  • Larger metal scruffs on the back or the side (not the front) of the pin


Seconds pins have very noticeable flaws and are sold at a discount. Such flaws include:

  • Obvious overflowing enamel fills

  • Large smudges and/or staining

  • Completely unfilled areas

  • Heavy oxidization of the metal

  • Noticeable and deep scratches that span across the metal & enamel

  • Very low fills in larger or visually important areas

  • Bent pin needle on the back that causes the clutch to clasp only half-way