What is Emblematic Jewelry?

Emblematic jewelry has been worn for many years as a way of expressing yourself or representing a group you believe in or belong to. They are used as a way to tell the world who you are and what’s important to you. These fine pieces of jewelry are typically custom made pins, charms, or cufflinks.

The Ancient Technique of Cloisonné

Did you know that Cloisonné is an ancient technique of metalworking developed in the Far East? It has been used for centuries in the creation and decoration of pins and coins. It is a very intricate and complex process. The lapel pin is formed first by adding compartments to the metal object by soldering or […]

What’s the Difference Between a Medal and a Coin?

Many clients will look through our website and ask, “Aren’t medals and coins basically the same thing?” Well, the answer to that is yes! The main difference between a medal and a coin is that a medal has a hole in it at the top in order to allow it to be attached to a […]

Take The Fun Home With Disney Lapel Pins


Everyone loves Disney, but there are a lot of hidden secrets that not very many people know. One of these special “company secrets” is that they give their valued employees their very own die cast years of service pins. After an employee has been with the Walt Disney Company for a year they receive their […]

Challenge Coins: A Tradition of Honor

Wondering what to get for the friend or family member who recently graduated from a law enforcement agency? Perhaps they were promoted to a special squadron or unit, or joined a branch of the military or emergency services? Consider following a time-honored tradition and presenting them with a custom challenge coin. The tradition originally began in the […]

What Does Your Brand’s Image Say About You?

What impression does your company leave in the minds of consumers? This is one of the most important aspects of a successful business, and often, it’s one of the most difficult to create. A good brand image and reputation is developed over time and must be represented consistently. At the Monterey Company we are here […]

What Are Challenge Coins?

Carrying a challenge coin in your pocket is a well-respected practice that originated as a tactic to build camaraderie in the military. Originally these coins were strictly found in various branches of the military and other special interest groups, but they have since broken into the civilian population as a way to commemorate holidays like […]

Awareness Ribbon Pins: What Does the Color Stand For?

Colors can be very powerful and represent different emotions, affect people’s moods, and have different meanings in different cultures. They convey different messages based on the receiver’s perception. Awareness ribbons in particular utilize color to represent their cause and gain awareness. Awareness ribbon lapel pins are hands down the easiest, most discussed and most efficient […]

Help Prevent Our Animals from Extinction with Lapel Pins

Each year more animal species are added to the endangered or extinct lists, and 99% of these threatened species are endangered as a result from human activities. We are destroying our natural habitats at an alarming rate through the introduction of exotic species, habitat loss, global warming, reckless development, and the constant production of pollution. […]

What to know when adding your logo to PVC Patches

PVC Patches

  What are PVC Patches? What are PVC Patches made out of? Are PVC Patches expensive? Do PVC Patches last? PVC Patches are made of Poly vinyl chloride, the third most used plastic today. The questions above are only some of the questions our customers ask us when creating “PVC Patches” with their logo or insignia. […]