Cherry finish particle board plaque with gold brass plate. Plaque looks very nice on presentation and is an economical choice vs. solid wood. Engraving on gold is traditional but does not have the high contrast of one of the coated metals (where we engrave through the coating to expose the brass below).
We rotary engrave these using a diamond cutter and complex fill patterns to cut into the metal. This makes for logos that pop and text with depth that sparkles and catches the light. We do not laser engrave metal as it makes a flat, lifeless award.
When budget is paramount we often suggest a sublimated (full color) plate with nice board vs. vinyl with engraving – it’s just a suggestion.