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Russia: All that glitters is Olympic gold01:28

Russia: All that glitters is Olympic gold

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 28, 2013 at 14:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: All that glitters is Olympic gold

The Adamas jewellery factory in Moscow on Friday continued their preparations of Olympic gold medals. Adamas is the official jewellery supplier of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will take place from Feb. 7-23 in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

The medals Adamas is producing for the Games feature a two-tone design evoking the jagged Caucasus mountain range that runs through south-western Russia near the Olympic venues. The gold, silver and bronze medals weighing from 460 to 531 grams and measuring 10 millimetres thick and 100 millimetres in diameter, have their respective metal element acting as a border to a grayscale design depicting the landscape of Sochi, with the sun's golden rays reflecting through a prism of snowy mountain tops onto the sandy beaches of the Black Sea coast. The front side also includes the iconic five rings logo of the Olympic Games on the front side. The reverse contains the name of the competition in English and the logo of the Sochi Games, with the official name of the Games engraved in Russian, English and French on the rim. The Olympics medals also feature Sochi 2014's "patchwork quilt" - a mosaic of national designs from various regions and ethnicities of Russia.

In 2012, the organising committee held a contest for the best design of the medals among various advertising agencies, fashion houses and leading designers. The winning design was created by the advertising agency Leo Burnett. It takes on the average around 18 hours to produce a single medal, using three technologies: casting, machining and electrical discharge machining.

A total of nearly 1,300 medals are being produced for the Winter Olympics, the first to be hosted in Russia. Adamas is also producing the medals for the 2014 Winter Paralympics, which will take place in Sochi from March 7-16. The Paralympic medal design is similar to the Olympic one, albeit slightly heavier and featuring writing in braille, the tactile writing system used by the blind and visually impaired.

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Russia: All that glitters is Olympic gold

The Adamas jewellery factory in Moscow on Friday continued their preparations of Olympic gold medals. Adamas is the official jewellery supplier of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will take place from Feb. 7-23 in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

The medals Adamas is producing for the Games feature a two-tone design evoking the jagged Caucasus mountain range that runs through south-western Russia near the Olympic venues. The gold, silver and bronze medals weighing from 460 to 531 grams and measuring 10 millimetres thick and 100 millimetres in diameter, have their respective metal element acting as a border to a grayscale design depicting the landscape of Sochi, with the sun's golden rays reflecting through a prism of snowy mountain tops onto the sandy beaches of the Black Sea coast. The front side also includes the iconic five rings logo of the Olympic Games on the front side. The reverse contains the name of the competition in English and the logo of the Sochi Games, with the official name of the Games engraved in Russian, English and French on the rim. The Olympics medals also feature Sochi 2014's "patchwork quilt" - a mosaic of national designs from various regions and ethnicities of Russia.

In 2012, the organising committee held a contest for the best design of the medals among various advertising agencies, fashion houses and leading designers. The winning design was created by the advertising agency Leo Burnett. It takes on the average around 18 hours to produce a single medal, using three technologies: casting, machining and electrical discharge machining.

A total of nearly 1,300 medals are being produced for the Winter Olympics, the first to be hosted in Russia. Adamas is also producing the medals for the 2014 Winter Paralympics, which will take place in Sochi from March 7-16. The Paralympic medal design is similar to the Olympic one, albeit slightly heavier and featuring writing in braille, the tactile writing system used by the blind and visually impaired.

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