The Olympic medals
The sun’s golden rays reflect through a prism of snowy mountain tops onto the sandy beaches of the Black Sea coast – that was the symbolism Russia was looking for on the medals for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Sochi organisers have 1,300 medals produced for the 98 events.
Russian jewellery makers Adamas needed three kilograms of gold, two tons of silver and 700 kilograms of bronze to make the medals.
Each medal required 18 hours of labour with 25 manufacturing steps.
The most elaborate part of the process was inserting the ornamentation of metal and polycarbonate. The semi-circle symbolises a traditional patchwork pattern.
The medals are 10mm thick with a 10cm diameter, weighing between 460 and 535 grams. The Olympic rings are engraved into the front side with the Sochi logo as well as the name of the competition – also in Braille – on the reverse side.
The words Winter Olympics are engraved along the edge of the medals in Russian, English and French.
A gold medal only contains 1.34 per cent gold with the rest being silver (92.5 per cent) and copper (6.16 per cent).DPA