As well known to all of you, the backside of the Beijing Olympic Medals is made in white jade from Geermu (Qinghai) for the gold medal, greyish jade from Qiemo (Xinjiang) for the silver medal and green jade from Xinjiang for the bronze medal.
In the following pictures you will be seeing some of their manufacturing steps!
The ancient master for the Beijing Olympic Medal
Cutting the raw jade
The jade workshops
Cutting out the jade rings with a CNC milling machine
The finaly sizing of the outside diameter of the jade ring
Inspection and smooting the edges
Do you see the translucency?
A ring for a champion!
The masters in plaster of the metal part of the medal
The metal blanks for the bronze medal
The medal stamping die press
The wings of victory
The engraving and machining of the medal holder
Inspecting the machined medal holder
Assembling the bronze medal with the green jade ring
The metal part of the gold, silver and bronze medals ready for assembly
The medals ready for the Olympic Champions.
Images courtesy of www.beijing2008.cn