Q. – Do you offer scriptures in the silver gilding WITH tabs (thumb indexing)? Why does it cost so much to get scriptures in Silver Gilding with Tabs
A. – When you order a new custom set of scriptures, we use the scriptures that are available from Church Distribution to fulfill that order. Currently, the LDS Church only makes scriptures in gold gilding. Because of this, Custom LDS Scriptures needs to go through an external and costly process to convert gold scriptures into Silver. In order to convert gold scriptures to silver, there are some highly specialized processes that take time, money, and additional costs. First, to convert gold to silver gilding, we have to cut off approximately 1/16 of an inch off the edges of a gold set WITHOUT INDEXING. With fresh gild-free page edges, our vendor then applies the silver gilding (in a process that would resemble painting). Because of this process, the book must not have any tabs or there would be globs of gilding content that would fill in the tabs anyway. Once the scriptures are silver gilded, we then have to ship the scriptures to an additional vendor that then cuts in the thumb indexing tabs to the sides of the pages. Because there is considerable setup involved in the spacing and cutting of the tabs themselves, doing short runs, if not single runs of this process have considerable set up fees and charges associated. Due to the times involved in shipping products across country to these different vendors, there are lots of costs, and an increase of a minimum of 6 week lead time to the order. It is important to note that because we have to start with an unindexed set of scriptures, we can ONLY guarantee the silver gilding in the regular scripture sizes.
*** There are times that we might find the compact or large size unindexed but please contact us first to guarantee that option.