(MENAFN- AsiaNet News) The medals for the upcoming Paris Olympics and Paralympics are set to be unique, incorporating a hexagon-shaped piece of iron extracted from the original Eiffel Tower. Unveiled by organisers, the 5,084 gold, silver, and bronze medals will showcase this six-edged metal medallion at their center, resembling a gemstone. Designed by elite French jewelry house Chaumet, the medals aim to honour medal-winners with a fragment of the Eiffel Tower from 1889. The hexagon, mirroring the contours of mainland France, is secured by rivet-like spurs, drawing inspiration from the iconic landmark's structure.
Recycled metal has been used in the medals, which weigh approximately half a kilogram. The Paris Olympics are scheduled for July 26 to August 11, with the Paralympics following from August 28 to September 8. The Eiffel Tower is expected to play a central role in the Games, with teams sailing down the Seine during the opening ceremony, and speculation about the Olympic flame being placed on the tower throughout the event.
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