First Custom Lapel Pin We Ever Made!

This printed lapel pin was made for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) for a special event back in 2001. We recently found this pin in a box of thousands of other pins while relocating our offices to Bend Oregon last month. I believe we will frame this pin as it was the very first Lapel Pin our […]

Using Metallics for Your Custom Lapel Pin or Coin

Metallics are some of the most popular and beautiful metals to use when creating coins, pins, and custom metalwork. Gold and silver tend to be the first thought of options, but there are other metallic metals that should be considered for your custom piece due to their unique characteristics. Silver is by far one of […]

Enameling Innovations for Custom Lapel Pins

Enameling is an ancient technique that has been used by artists for centuries to create exquisite pieces. At the Monterey Company we are determined not to let this art form die. The origins of this time-honored tradition are unknown, but the process is continuously innovated and improved upon. This technique begins with using a piece […]

Brain Awareness Week Starts March 14th

Brain Awareness Week is a yearly international campaign that was started two decades ago by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives in order to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research and to raise research funds. This year, during the week of March 16-22, the foundation will be partnering with universities, […]

Did You Know: Beware the Ides of March!

Every year on March 15th, people all over the world celebrate what has become known as the ‘Ides of March’, but for many different reasons. Throughout history this has been a day of tragedy, celebration, and religious observances. Originally, March was the first month of the year on the earliest Julian calendar. Beginning at the […]

Did You Know? The U.S. Mint

It’s no secret that at The Monterey Company we love coins. So of course we try to stay up to date on all news coins. This means that we pay especially close attention to what’s going on with the U.S. Mint. The purpose of this organization is to produce all of the coins that go […]

New Trend: Custom Trading Pins!

While they have been around for many years, trading pins are quickly becoming a popular item amongst many groups. It is rare these days to find someone who hasn’t heard of pin collecting and trading. With massive worldwide organizations and societies, such as Disney and their trading pin groups, this pastime is becoming so huge […]

Customize Your Medallion or Coin with a Marked Rim

A great way to further customize the unique look of your coin or medallion is by adding marks to the rim. The rim is the raised edge on both sides of the coin, created by the upsetting mill, which helps protect the coin’s design from regular wear and tear. This actually helps to prevent the […]

Raise Awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS

In 1939, the famous American baseball player for the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), forever making the disease known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States. Recently this disease has seen a resurgence of support with the #icebucketchallenge. Millions of people all over the country and a […]

Custom Lanyards for Photographers and Show Badges

Lanyards, even though they have been around for years, are fast becoming the photographer’s new best friend. With all of the custom options that are now available they have become a useful tool while on the job. Custom designing lanyards with a variety of hooks to hang lens caps from is becoming an amazing support […]