Oak leaves & acorns – Recycled silver coins
This beautiful Oak leaf and acorns bracelet is completely handcrafted from old pure silver coins, primarily sixpences and threepences.
These beautiful sterling silver coins are unwanted by coin collectors when elements become rubbed and marked. For these collectors and investors they are then only valuable in terms of their silver content.
For me these coins are a fantastic raw material to use as they have lovely details and history (most being well over 100 years old!). It is a real privledge having the opportunity to re-use them rather than collectors ‘scrapping’ them for the basic silver content. Indeed, often these historical origins can be seen through the surface of the silver, the ‘odd’ letter and design element showing through.
The coins are flattened and stretched into an elongated elipse shape. The oak leaf and acorn designs are sketched directly onto the silver surface. Old Georgian half pennies are used for the autumn leaves, whilst ‘thrupney-bit’ coins are recycled to make the acorns. Once these are planned I then proceed to cut out the design with a traditional jewellers saw.
As a new improved update I am engraving the meticulously cut oak leaves and acorns with details on both sides. This means the bracelet looks amazing worn each way on either wrist regardless of activity.
Each bracelet is completely unique, handcrafted in cambridge and totally green, ethical and recycled.
Size : Each Oak leaf link approx max 16mm wide.