Pin Grading Policy
Every artist has their own style of grading for enamel pin quality. Here's a guide to what my policy is regarding grading pins to help you understand what kind of pin you will get from me based on the listed grade.

I look at pins in either sunlight or a full spectrum light from about a 10" (25cm) distance. Please check example photos of common flaws below the descriptions and feel free to message me if you have any questions.  
Collector's A Grade
A Collector's Grade pin has no discernible flaws. They are still considered A Grade but are particularly excellent in condition. If you require a Collector's A Grade please contact me in advance of purchase so we can work to meet this expectation. 

A Grade (best quality)
A Grade pins may have 1-2 instances of the following flaws:
- minor enamel over or underfill in two or less locations
- light scuffing or texture inconsistency on the metal front or sides (common for hard enamel pins due to polishing)
- side or back plating imperfection(s) no larger than 2mm and no more than two instances
- areas of light enamel inconsistency (scuffing, shallow scrapes, light marks, minor color shift or similar; for glitter pins, flecks of off color glitter 
B Grade (seconds, usually sold at a discount)
B Grade pins may have any of the above A Grade flaws and/or any of the following:
- small area of front plating miscolored, chipped, or not fully formed
- side or back plating imperfection(s) larger than 2mm and/or more than two instances
- areas of strong enamel inconsistency (deep scrapes, deep marks, chips, major color shift or similar) 
- areas of dust or dark particles stuck in light enamel visible from 12" in natural light (does not apply to glitter pins which will have occasional specks of off color glitter) 
- areas of dust or light particles stuck in dark enamel visible from 12" in natural light (does not apply to glitter pins which will have occasional specks of off color glitter) 
- 3+ areas significantly under or overfilled enamel

C Grade
I don't sell C grade pins, they would have major defects such as enamel the completely wrong color or completely missing, areas significantly damaged or malformed, massively under or over filled areas, loose posts. 
If the grade of the pin you receive from me does not match these criteria please contact me as soon as possible so we can resolve the discrepancy. ♥
I have included some photo examples below showing some common flaws with grading indicated. 
Grade A Flaw - missing plating on the side
Grade A Flaw - missing plating on the side
Grade A Flaw - light scratch
Grade A Flaw - light scratch
Grade A Flaw - area of slight underfill
Grade A Flaw - area of slight underfill
Grade A Flaw - area of slight overfill
Grade A Flaw - area of slight overfill
Grade B Flaw - dark spot in light enamel
Grade B Flaw - dark spot in light enamel
Grade A Flaw - light texture on metal
Grade A Flaw - light texture on metal
Grade A Flaw - enamel inconsistency; Grade B flaw - chipped enamel
Grade A Flaw - enamel inconsistency; Grade B flaw - chipped enamel
Grade A Flaw - small mark
Grade A Flaw - small mark
Grade B Flaw - deep scratch
Grade B Flaw - deep scratch
Grade B Flaw - strong area of inconsistency
Grade B Flaw - strong area of inconsistency
Grade B Flaw - large chip in enamel
Grade B Flaw - large chip in enamel
Grade C Flaw - wrong color
Grade C Flaw - wrong color
Grade C Flaw - missing/severely underfilled
Grade C Flaw - missing/severely underfilled
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