New Heirloom Necklaces

by Liz Juneau.
(Savannah, GA)

New Heirloom Necklaces by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Closeup of coins

A customer contacted me with a custom order for her daughter who was graduating from college.

She said when she asked her daughter what gift she wanted, her daughter said something that reflected their Scottish heritage. (Her daughter is a history major).

New Heirloom Necklaces by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Coins and coin pearl necklace

My customer purchased coins from the UK with the birth years of herself, her daughter, her father and an additional 3 generations.

Her request from me was to use the six coins in a necklace. She showed me a photo with coin pearls and then gave me artistic license for the design.

New Heirloom Necklaces by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Mothers necklace

A friend helped me drill holes in the coins and then I decided to add a chain to the back of the wire-wrapped coin pearls. I mixed sterling silver and gold-filled wire.

I was very pleased with the outcome and so was she.

She had mistakenly ordered an extra coin that was her grandfathers birth year. I suggested she have her own necklace designed as well. She said her husband had recently asked her about a Mothers Day gift and this would be the perfect gift.

New Heirloom Necklaces by Liz Juneau  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Single coin and pearls

Again she suggested I use my expertise. She came with her father who was in town for the graduation to pick up the second necklace and they were both thrilled with the result.

Liz Juneau
Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau

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  • Liz, this is such a lovely idea to incorporate the family’s heritage, and I’m sure future generations of the family will treasure these heirloom necklaces too. I love it when customers give us artistic license to create the design. And I like that the two necklaces look related, but each is an individual – just like the mother and daughter.

  • Liz Juneau says:

    Thanks Rena for your lovely sentiments and for this forum to feature my work.

  • I enjoyed your story. I agree with Rena. It was a nice touch to have the pieces be similar.

  • Chris Rehkop says:

    Excellent! Any jewelry that carries family memories is always a hit.

  • Rita says:

    As they say in the UK, Brilliant! Great heirloom pieces. I’m sure they’ll enjoy them for years to come. Perfect for a history major! Congratulations on her graduation.

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