Thursday, November 13, 2014

Look What I Found! GLOBAL COIN JEWELRY Handmade Rings from Coins!

I have a thing for rings....

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I don’t know about you, but I find something very heartwarming in old coins and pieces of history, and usually, but not always, they’re shiny objects.  International coins have always been a favorite of mine, mainly because they quite often display a mini-showcase of their artistic and historical style.  I love designed rings too, and I opted to swap carboniferous jewels (diamonds) in my wedding ring for a gold inscribed celtic patterned band.

In comes David.  Like many of us on Etsy, David has an interesting past. After 18 yrs in law enforcement, in 2011 David decided to use his handmade crafting talents of wood turning and metal working to (in his words) follow his heart, and turned toward old coins and making one of a kind jewelry from them.
 

from coin > to ring

This is where he got his artistic start:
David was raised in small town in Southern New Brunswick, Canada and like many artists, his historical background was not necessarily being strong in academia so instead, he turning toward sports.  Rugby gave him the opportunity to travel, live and participate in North America, Europe and Australia as a Student and Young Adult.  After earning his degree, he continued his education and earned an additional Diploma in Jewelry Design and Repair from Ashworth College in Norcross, Georgia. 

And that’s where this all started!
So I decided that it is once again time to unroll my magic carpet and take a quickie vacay, and travel over and up to Quispamsis, in New Brunswick, Canada, to visit David and his Etsy shop named Global Coin Jewelry where David changes coin, into rings, and it's all handmade!
 


Located in Canada above the US state of Maine, Quispamsis New Brunswick is located north of St John, just inland of the Bay of Fundy.  Quispamsis is a semi mountainous locale with a mix of deciduous and evergreen foliage, a beautiful location with lots of green and probably a lot of snow in the wintertime.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlobalCoinJewelry

Arriving, at David’s shop, I have found a glorious array of coins, and one of the things I like a lot is the fact that the rings David has made from the coins still have a lot of depth detail showing, and not all worn down.

I have decided to show some of his rings that I took a fancy to, along with the detail he has provided with each one.  I am also including at least one of each metal type, too!

  • As David says:  “Each ring has an untold story, and has often traveled many miles before landing at its final destination.”

What sets David’s rings apart from others is that his crafting process is one of hand-shaping, rather than the more commonly-used machine pressing process.  He does not to use any chemical coatings or treatment on the final ring design.

So here we go:
Zanzibar 






With this ring you will find an 1882 Zanzibar coin that is made of Copper and is size 9 1/2.
Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa.
It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1882 (1299) Zanzibar 1 Pysa - Barghash
Metal: Copper
Mintage: 4,640,000
Size: 9 1/2
Weight: 5 Grams

 Saudi Arabia


With this ring you will find a 1935 Saudi Arabia 1/2 Riyal coin that is made of 91.7% Silver and is size 8. It is a rare coin. It is double sided with the original inscription present and is slightly faded from fine sanding and polishing.

These Coins are highly sought after by Collectors and thus the price to obtain them is high.
1935 (1354) Saudi Arabia 1/2 Riyal - Abd Al-Aziz bin Sa'ud
Metal: 91.7% Silver
Mintage: 950,000
Size: 8
Weight: 5 Grams


USA


Bronze - American Freedom Token


Bronze American Freedom Token turned into a Ring - Size 8 1/2 and Double Sided. With this ring you will find an American Freedom token that was turned into a ring. This type of token may have been used as currency at a fair or carnival perhaps?
Freedom Token
Metal: Bronze
Mintage: ?
Size: 8 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams




Australia

Australia – SilverCoin Ring 1961 Australia 1 Shilling

With this ring you will find a 1961 Australian Shilling that is 50% Silver and is size 9 1/2.
It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing. You will notice a tiny cut on the outside of the coin.
1961 Australia 1 Shilling
Metal: 50% Silver
Mintage: 31,864,000
Size: 9 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams


USSR

Rare Bronze Coin Ring1955 Soviet Union 3 Kopeks


Soviet Union 1955 - With this ring you will find a 1955 USSR coin that is made of Bronze and is a size 5. It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1955 Soviet Union (USSR) 3 Kopeks
Metal: Bronze
Mintage: ?
Size: 5 
Weight: 3 Grams 

 Japan

Showa Era Brass Coin Ring 1946 Japan 50 Sen - Ring Size 6.5 and Double Sided



Showa Era Brass Coin Ring 1946 Japan 50 Sen - Ring Size 6.5 and Double Sided.  With this ring you will find a 1946 Japanese 50 Sen - Showa coin that is made of Brass and is size 6 1/2.
It is double sided with the original inscription present and is slightly faded from fine sanding and polishing.
1946 Japan 50 Sen - Showa
Metal: Brass
Mintage: 268,161,000
Size: 6 1/2
Weight: 4 Gram



Hand Made Silver British India 1/2 Rupee Coin Septum/Nose Ring
This silver 1945 British India coin was turned into a nose ring.
No piercing required! 
This nose ring is made of 50% Silver and can easily be expanded or squeezed together to fit into your nose at the septum or nostril if you like. It can also be worn as an ear ring or even on your finger!
Like my rings, this nose ring is hand made only using hand tools!
1945 British India 1/2 Rupee - George VI
Mintage: 32,722,000
Silver Content: 50%
Weight: 4.5 Grams


 My "pick of the litter"

What I consider to be ‘one of’ David’s most beautiful rings is from his own country of Canada! woot woot!
Who can pass up a ring of Maple Leaves?

Copper Canadian coin circa 1918



A particularly beautiful ring, this Canadian One cent coin.  With this ring you will find a 1918 Canadian Penny coin that is made of 95% Copper and is size 9 1/2.  It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1918 Canada 1 Cent - George V
Metal: 95% Copper
Mintage: 12,970,798
Size: 9 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams


And my personal favorite of all of David’s rings, this select ring from Paraguay:


1953 Paraguay 25 Centimos

Bronze coin ring 1953 Paraguay 25 Centrimos - ring size 6 1/2 and double sided.
With this ring

With this ring you will find a 1953 Paraguayan coin that is made of Bronze and is size 6 1/2.
It is double sided with the original inscription present with slight fading from fine sanding and polishing.
1953 Republic of Paraguay 25 Centimos
Metal: Bronze
Mintage: 2,000,000
Size: 6 1/2
Weight: 4 Grams 



Well, it's getting late and I need to return to my Magic Carpet, so I bid David farewell and I start my journey back home to the Pacific Northwest. Tgis has been an enlightening "Shout Out" for me  and I hope it will be for you, too.

flying home now

Stop be and visit David at his Global Coin Jewelry Shop and consider purchasing one of his unique coin rings for a loved one this Holiday Season.

David P McLean
Thank you David, for having such a wonderful presence at Etsy.com and for showing me around your creative world of Coin Rings.

This wiresNpliers "Shout Out" comes directly from me, to you.


Carol Clay

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