These medals were for the first time made of crystal set in gold, silver or bronze. The choice of such a material was deliberate: it recalled the rock extracted from the Savoie mountains and benefitted from the know-how of the famous French glass maker, Lalique. The making of one medal required the intervention of 35 people. Thus, several hundred working hours were necessary to produce the 330 competition medals.
On the obverse of the medal, the five Olympic rings can be seen in the foreground, in front of a valley in gradation, thus giving the impression of perspective. The upper part of the medal, made of metal, comprises a stylised laurel branch motif, which refers to victory.