It's one of the first important questions graduates ask themselves after venturing out into the world: Should I frame this diploma? There are several reasons for those who decide to do it, the least of which is usually document preservation. We've spent 28 years trying to change that.
By the very nature of what they are made of - and the environment they are born into - diplomas seem doomed from the start. Whether it's the natural moisture in our air, the chemicals from the diploma cover itself, the acid from inferior framing materials in store-bought frames, or even the harmful UV rays from incandescent and fluorescent indoor lighting, diplomas begin to degrade and lose their luster soon after the hum of Pomp and Circumstance fades into the background.
For many of those who take the first step by deciding to frame their diploma, they then set out on a mission to find a diploma frame to fittingly honor and celebrate their achievement - and the Alma mater that's near and dear to their hearts. Along with this noble intent, we humbly suggest to also consider the need to protect and preserve it, and prevent the almost certain irreversible damage - and regret - that can occur down the line if not cared for or framed properly. Our hope is that this can serve as the 'ounce of prevention' that will be appreciated down the line, whether or not you intend to purchase one of ours.
Many framing companies boast that they use acid-free mats to prevent damage to diplomas and other documents. Though It seems like a responsible thing they are trying to do, the reality is, acid-free mat board can cause just as much, if not more damage than standard, non-archival mat board. Without getting into too many of the highly technical and long-winded explanations, these mats are made of wood pulp that have been chemically treated to reach a certain pH. But this type of mat board, being acidic by nature, will still continue to chemically react with moisture, light and temperature fluctuations. The longevity of this type of treatment is still very much up in the air, as it is a relatively new thing and results have varied, at best.
We at Professional Framing Company have been at the forefront of Archival framing for over 28 years, so we take diploma framing very seriously. We never take shortcuts. We use only 100% archival cotton matting to prevent staining and yellowing. Never acid-free. Never paper. And we will not let a frame leave our studio without UV glass, as it is our obligation, knowing how quickly a diploma can fade and crack from just indoor incandescent and fluorescent lighting alone.
Again, the reasons to frame a diploma vary, so we definitely don't forget the aesthetic. We also just so happen to make the finest hand-crafted diploma frames in the world. Browse for your diploma frame here.