About our GemChips design
Beyond just visual appeal, our GemChips were designed for ease of use. Integrating large, easy to read, numerals was another key aspect of the design. Strong use of color was also a vital element of our design. We tested many different color combinations to find the perfect mix that would provide outstanding visual separation while keeping our art design intact. Choosing 15 colors that would work well together was challenging.
Finally, we analyzed a broad range of games to determine the optimal range of denominations needed for commonly played game. With our 15 denominations, you can craft a set of chips that meets your unique gaming needs.
While the initial design was strong, we felt it needed a finishing touch. This turned out to be our decision to incorporate aligned edges into the design. What are aligned edges? During the manufacturing process, the press operator manually aligns the triangular face elements of the chips with the stripes on the rolling edge of the chip to create a graphic design that fully surrounds the chip.
Due to the labor involved, few chips on the market use this technique. Since we loved the aesthetic appeal, we decided it was worth the additional cost.
Some things to know about ceramic chips...
While the chips are commonly referred to as ceramic, they are actually made of a special plastic/resin compound that is injected into a mold. The blank chips we use are solid material throughout. We do not use metal slugs that are commonly used in cheaper chips to add weight.
The graphic design is applied to the blank chips via a process called dye sublimation. This printing process uses heat and pressure to infuse the ink into the chips surface. This benefit of this method is that the image won't wear off, or peel off like a label since the ink is deep into the surface of the chip.
Printing the images on the chips is a manual process and it can result in variations between chips. While these variations are generally very minor, It's important to know that they can and will occur. During normal play, most gamers won't even notice them. Here are some of the types of variations that you might see if you purchase ceramic chips.
- Color Bleed - with lighter colors, you may see occurrences of color from the face bleed onto the edges.
- Centering - minor variations in the centering of the graphic on the chip is possible, as the are aligned by hand.
- Dimples - ceramic poker chips have a small dimple on the rolling edge of each chip.
- Edge Alignment - aligning faces with edges is a manual process. Minor variations can be noticed where the accent marks on the face and rolling edges meet. This is normal and expected. Variances between 0 and 2mm are considered to be within the normal range by manufacturers. Our manufacturer has assured us that a 2mm would be very atypical.
To minimize the occurrence of these variations, we have chosen to use a very experienced and reputable manufacturer.