Behind the scenes of the making of Olympic medals | EUROtoday

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5,084 Olympic and Paralympic medals might be awarded to the perfect athletes on the Paris Olympic Games. For their manufacture, the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Cojop) known as upon the luxurious Maison Chaumet, owned by LVMH.

This is the primary time {that a} jeweler has designed them. “It’s a source of great pride for us,” says Benoît Verhulle, the thirteenth head of the Maison Chaumet workshop.

“Maison Chaumet was asked to design the medals,” says the workshop supervisor. Why simply the design? The luxurious jewellery and watch firm didn’t have the know-how or the workers to provide these Olympic decorations. “Like all our special orders, we went to the specialist, that is to say the Monnaie de Paris, to strike these medals.”

Forty operations and fifteen days of labor

This is why, this Tuesday, June 25, the Monnaie de Paris, positioned within the 6e district, opened the doorways of his workshop to us. These decorations require forty totally different operations and roughly fifteen days of labor.

With a diameter of 85 mm and no heavier than 500 g, these medals needed to meet pretty strict specs. “We set them like a precious stone,” emphasizes Benoît Verhulle.

We like our jewellery to stay.Benoît Verhulle, workshop supervisor at Maison Chaumet

If the bronze medal is product of bronze, the silver medal of silver, the gold medal is product of silver and gold. “Six grams of gold were cast to completely cover the medal,” explains the workshop supervisor of Maison Chaumet.

Pieces of the Eiffel Tower built-in into the medal

What greatest represents Paris, if not its Eiffel Tower? To mark the event, Cojop requested to have items of the Iron Lady inserted into its medals. These fragments come from a interval nook piece. Maison Chaumet then built-in these small hexagonal components into the jewel.

For the Paralympic medals, Maison Chaumet had “Paris 2024 and Olympic Games” engraved in Braille on the medals. “We wanted the athlete to be able to identify them quickly when they wear the medal,” says the workshop supervisor.

“We really had to see the radiance of France in Paris,” says Benoît Verhulle. For the radiance, positive strains have been struck at common intervals throughout the iron hexagon. These roof-shaped rays present aid and shine. “These rays give movement and life to these medals,” assures the workshop supervisor. “We like our jewelry to live.”