Pre-Loved to Treasure 2019 Competition piece.
Coin Jewellery has been worn throughout history to bring luck and good fortune to the wearer, promoting wealth and prosperity. Since 1600’s people have given coins to their loved ones as a meaningful gift. These “Love Tokens” were often engraved with sentimental messages and were carried by the recipient for luck or adapted and worn as meaningful coin jewellery. During World War 1 and 2, soldiers sent unique silver and gold coin necklaces home to their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters.
More recently, coin jewellery rose in popularity when Holly Willoughby wore a double coin necklace on ITV’s This Morning show (2011) and Kanye West designed a collection of jewellery in collaboration with Jacob Arabov featuring 12 coin necklaces and draws inspiration from 14th-century Florentine art. The collections of coin pendant necklaces are worn by Kim Kardashian.
My hope as a jewellery designer is to recreate and bring back the trend of “Love Tokens” for my customers to give to their love ones. It’s a form of way to reignite the spark in their marriage or relationship to remind their love ones that they appreciate them.
Upcycled 925 Sterling silver chain
Old British coin
SIZE AND DIMENSIONS
Length: 60 cm
Coin 3cm, chain drop 17cm