One of the most challenging aspects of my business is searching for just the right coins for our jewelry. I've spent the better part of 35 years going through coin books, looking for the coins that I believe would make the most beautiful pieces when cut out. Next, I search for those coins. Because so many of the coins that we use are very old and out of circulation, this entails spending a great deal of time at coin dealers, coin shows, and nowadays on the Internet, to find the pieces we need.
The actual work of hand-cutting a coin is done by drilling the coin in the areas that are going to be removed. After this step comes the actual cutting of the coin, which involves using a jeweler's hand saw to remove the areas of the coin needed to release the design of the coin. This process has been done for years and is an age-old art. Coins have been around for thousands of years and have always been used in one form or another in jewelry.
The next process is the finish work that we perform on the jewelry. The coins are finished in 14 karat gold and rhodium, and are fully guaranteed for life.
In some cases, I find coins with great designs but which are very cost prohibitive due to the age of the coin, its low mintage, or its solid gold content. When faced with this dilemma, I may purchase the coin and then reproduce it. This enables me to create reproduction coins that can be made into more affordable jewelry.
The process of reproducing a coin known as lost wax casting and is an age-old art form that has been done by artisans for hundreds of years. Please be assured that the finished product is as nice as if we had used the original coin and that we stand behind every piece we do.
All work done by us is guaranteed for life and includes the original workmanship as well as the finish. We are very proud of the work we do and have stood by that guarantee for 35 years.
When wearing our pieces please know that we have taken great care in the workmanship as well as the finish.
Here are some tips to prolong the life and beauty of your coin jewelry piece:
Never use creams, gels, or polishing cloths on your coin jewelry. The pieces are finished in 14-Karat Gold and Rhodium. These finishes are easy to take care of. To clean, simply rinse with clean, warm water and dry with a soft cloth; tee shirt material for example.
We do not recommend using jewelry cleaners or polishing cloths as these often have abrasive materials or contain chemicals that are harmful to plated finishes.
Chlorine and salt water can have harmful effects on the pieces. We recommend that your coin jewelry pieces are rinsed in clean, warm water after swimming to wash off the chemicals from the pool or the salt from the ocean.
We hope you enjoy your coin jewelry and welcome you to contact us with your questions or comments.