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3 Ways To Implement Upgradeable Employee Awards

Presenting employee awards is a great opportunity to reinforce company values, reward good practices, and get people excited to succeed. However, once the award ceremony is over, the hype fizzles down and everyone goes back to business as usual. It can be difficult to keep employees excited and feeling appreciated in the interim. This is one of the many reasons why we love custom jewelry awards. The award recipient gets to wear their achievements wherever they go and have a constant reminder of their value.

Upgradeable Designs

Some of our most exciting designs involve upgradeable features. Whether it’s stone additions or clip-on elements, having an upgradeable award is a great way to help employees visualize their success. With each addition to the main piece, the recipient can see their accolades grow. Also by wearing their jewelry award, they can show off their achievements and inspire others to strive for the same. By owning a constantly updated, high-value award, the employee stays engaged with their own success.


One of our most popular upgradeable jewelry options is the add-a-diamond ring. These are perfect for sales, safety, and years-of-service awards. First, the employee is given a custom company ring. This ring usually has a large center stone in a color that matches the company’s branding. As the employee reaches each new goal, they send their ring in to be upgraded with a diamond. Over the years they will accumulate more diamonds until they make a complete circle around the center stone. Once they’ve achieved this, their next upgrade is to a large diamond set into the center stone itself! The employee can then take pride in their fully “blinged out” ring. Add-a-diamond ring programs help every hard-working employee feel like a champion. For those employees who prefer a pendant over a ring, we can accomplish the same look and value of award through the add-a-diamond pendant.

Pin Jackets

Pin jackets are interchangeable frames that can be secured around a main pin. They’re great for emphasizing an employee’s career rank as each jacket can boast a new honorific. Pin jacket awards are a great match for companies with large, mobile sales forces, but also work for any company who wishes to emphasize employee ranks. By awarding pins with pin jackets, the company is saying that upward mobility is not only possible, but achievable for everyone who works at it. This gets employees excited to climb the ladder and proudly display their new rank.

In-Field Add-Ons

Sometimes it’s just not feasible to wait for an award. Managers may want to award employees on the spot for going above and beyond. Companies with these needs may want to opt for in-field add-on components. Add-on components can be anything that clips, slides, screws, or pops on to a main award piece. This lends complete freedom to companies who wish to award employees for specific behaviors. This could be anything from receiving a positive comments card to earning a new certification. The awards can be ordered ahead of time and stored on-location so recognition is prompt and visible. Usually add-on components are attached to a badge holder emblem or brooch, but charm bracelets can function this way as well. These awards become great conversation pieces between employees and customers, and provide the opportunity for immediate recognition in front of their peers.

There are many reasons why custom award jewelry is a tried and true method of recognizing employees. By incorporating upgradeable elements into a design, the company is sure to maximize their custom award’s potential. Creating valuable, exciting, and dynamic awards is what we love to do. If you’d like more information on custom upgradeable designs, we’d love to chat! Give us a call, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or start a live chat with us on our website.


By Aubrey Dion

Aubrey Dion is proud to be back working for the family business she grew up in. Over the years, she has performed a wide variety of jobs in both the office and factory, becoming a true "jack of all trades." Aubrey credits her quick learning ability to her strong theatre background, where memorization and attention to detail are vital. Working in the marketing department allows her to stay creative and work on exciting new projects for the company.