Old Coins Turned Into Jewelry

by Diane Schamp.
(Great Lakes Region USA)

Indian Head Penny Coin Earrings

Indian Head Penny Coin Earrings

One day I decided to turn my stash of Italian Lire and US coins into beautiful pendants and earrings using 14 kt gold filled bezel wire, chain, and earrings. I also have a lot of other foreign coins collected over many years of traveling that have been made into pendants.

Coin pendant

Italian 100 Lire Coin Pendant

Buffalo Indian Head Nickel Coin Earrings

Buffalo Indian Head Nickel Coin Earrings

As it turns out, these coins became very popular especially my Italian Lire and old US coin jewelry.

British Half Penny Coin Pendant

British Half Penny Coin Pendant

Special gold filled channel wire is used for making the bezels for the coins. This wire is perfect for fitting my coins. As for the earrings, I use gold filled ball and post earrings with extra large ear nuts for security and comfort.

Diane Schamp
DianesDangles LLC at artfire
BeadSouk at artfire

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  • Diane, this is such a great way to get these wonderful coins out where they can be seen and enjoyed. They make really fantastic jewelry that also tells a story. And I bet that making these pieces is a lovely way to go back in time and re-live your travel memories. Thanks so much for sharing these with us! 🙂

  • Fran says:

    Is the channel wire soldered into a ring?

  • zoraida says:

    I love coin jewelry and these are all beautiful!

  • Very pretty! But what holds the coins in the mandrels?

  • Anna Stackaruk says:

    Great idea. Recently our copper penny (Canada) has been put to pasture and thought our pennies would make great momentos, & keepsakes.

  • Christa says:

    I have been making wire-wrapped pendants from Bermuda coins, they are very popular with out tourists. And I thought since the Canadian penny is being discontinued that would be a great idea to make some earrings and pendants from these as well.

  • Mary says:

    Diane, would you share your source for the 14K gold filled channel wire? I would appreciate it so much!

  • Diana says:

    I found this link to channel wire sold through Riogrande.com
    riogrande.com/Product/107832

  • Millie says:

    Love your work, really nice clean lines are very effective!

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