May Tree Earrings
May Tree earrings – Hawthorn leaf stud earrings handcrafted and recycled from a 100 year old silver shilling.
These beautifully sweet hawthorn leaf stud type earrings fallen straight from a May tree. I recycle silver shillings to craft these lovely Hawthorn leaf earrings.
Coincidently, coin collectors do not value these shillings. This is down to marks and blemishes on the surface. For the most part, wear and tear make these coins unwanted – but not to me. I refuse to let these coins be melted down for the silver content. Instead, I’ve transformed them into something desirable. I create designs and ideas to preserve the coins’ personalities and quirks. By doing this, I make sure the historical details are retained; which adds depth, interest and intrigue to the design.
I cut the Hawthorn leaves individually from the old ‘out of circulation’ coins with a traditional jeweller’s saw then carved and engraved.
For added interest, I add an ‘off-cut’ surrounding coin is included with the earrings. Handmade and completely recycled in Cambridge, UK.
Size : Approx 10 mm * 12 mm