Acrylic plates are screwed on with gold stand offs elevated 1/4″ above the plaque. The acrylic is also 1/4″ thick and is very durable. The plaque is designed to stand on 2 metal stands. Can be displayed horizontally or vertically. The metal stands can also be removed to allow it to hang on a wall. A backing of black felt on the plaque is added as a touch of elegance.