Offered to the child during the ceremony, the baptism medal symbolises his or her entry into the christian world. Designed and offered to accompany the baptised person throughout his or her life, this jewel has a strong symbolic value.
Step 1: find the ideal material between yellow gold, white gold…
The first step is to choose the metal that will best suit the child, even as he grows up. Although the classic christening medal is made of yellow gold, it is entirely possible to choose another material. We may offer the following metals:
Yellow gold is highly appreciated for its beauty and the purity it embodies. The yellow gold medal is timeless.
White gold, often favoured by boys, is a very fashionable metal which has the advantage of being discreet and elegant.
Step 2: find the ideal material between … Pink gold and silver
Pink gold, more original and very trendy, is perfect for a girl’s christening medal. Nevertheless, like silver, pink gold is an alloy that is still not widely used in the manufacture of christening medals.
Less common in the manufacture of christening medals, silver combines beautiful qualities such as robustness and cost.
Step 3: choosing the shape and diameter
The second step is to choose the shape of the christening medal, which can be round or slightly oval. Then you will have to find the size that fits best. Here are the three main diameters:
16 mm: similar to the size of a 1 cent coin. This diameter is ideal for children, especially boys who want a discreet piece of jewellery.
18 mm: corresponds to the size of a 2-cent coin. A very popular diameter, it offers a nice surface for engraving.
21 mm: is similar to the size of a 5 centime coin. Easily customisable, it is ideal if you wish to wear your medal like a piece of jewellery.
Step 4: choose the symbol, secular or catholic
On its front side, the baptism medal very often has a symbol, a character. Secular representations (tree of life, dove…) are suitable for both religious and civil baptisms.
Catholic effigies (baby jesus, virgin mary, saint christopher, etc…) are used for religious baptisms. According to tradition, the holy figure depicted on the medal will protect the child throughout his or her life.
Step 5: choose the engraving
On the reverse side of the baptism medal, we may suggest engraving a date, a first name, a few words. Two types of engraving are worked on within the house: hand engraving which offers a unique and personal rendering of the jewel and mechanical engraving of irreproachable and durable quality.
The church usually recommends having the date of baptism engraved. However, it is perfectly possible to engrave the date of the birthday, which is more fashionable, or the child’s first name.
Step 6: find the ideal chain
Traditionally, the christening medal is offered by the godmother and the chain by the godfather. Of course, there are no precise rules and it is quite possible to do otherwise.
In order to ensure the quality and longevity of the jewel, the house advises to choose a chain that weighs one gram more than the medal. Furthermore, in order to guarantee a homogeneous gold colour.