Making Jewelry with a Forgotten Coin Collection

by Liz Juneau.
(Savannah, GA)

Making Jewelry with a Forgotten Coin Collection by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Twenty pence earrings

A friend recently discovered a coin collection he had stashed away and offered them to me.

Making Jewelry with a Forgotten Coin Collection by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Coins and pearls

I gladly accepted knowing that I could use them in my jewelry designs.

Making Jewelry with a Forgotten Coin Collection by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Green pearls and gold brings out the color in this coin

I drilled holes in them with the help of a friend with a drill press.

Making Jewelry with a Forgotten Coin Collection by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Faceted crystal and freshwater pearls were used to highlight this coin

So far I have made earrings, a bracelet and a necklace. I have lots more to work with and I am excited to work them into new designs.

Liz Juneau
Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau

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  • What an exciting stash to create with, Liz! I especially love the earrings in photo 1 – absolutely gorgeous! And lovely variations in the jewelry styles.

  • Joey B says:

    I just came across a bunch of old coins, too, and had decided to do exactly the same thing. Thanks for the push to get started. Yours are great!

  • Canne says:

    Love what you’ve done with them, must tell you that they aren’t that old though, some were still legal tender in the UK. can’t use them once they are drilled. My favourites are the first ones,, these are made from 20 pence pieces.

  • Liz Juneau says:

    Thank you Rena, Joey and Canne. I found a date on a coin that corresponds to a friend’s birth year so I have made a bracelet for her birthday.

  • Christine Rehkop says:

    What a lucky find Liz! My boss recently gave me a bunch of foreign coins too, they’re just waiting for me to ‘play’ with them.

  • Very beautiful jewels! Great idea!

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