Spirit & Heart Oak tree
Oak tree necklace – handcrafted and recycled silver Half Crown coin
A lovely symbol of both a true love, connection with nature and family roots. The necklace symbolises this love by demonstrating an eco-conscious lifestyle filled with green ethical choices. I handcraft each sterling silver tree of life individually in Cambridge.
Using traditional jewellers hand tools, I turn a beautiful, unwanted, sterling silver pre-1919 English coin into an intricate, yet simple, tree pendant. Firstly, I flatten the coin to increase the working area. Then I sketch a rough tree design onto the surface and then etch out the design with a jewellers hand saw and hand engraving chisels. It is these processes which reveal the beautiful details.
Discarded and uncollectible by numismatists, these coins are just screaming out to be recycled. I refuse to let them be simply melted down for the silver content. I prefer to invest time into creating a piece which is beautiful and ethical. My aim is to not only create a contemporary, wearable design but also revive some of the original history. I preserve these coins for a future generation.
Each one of these trees is a complete pleasure to make, totally unique and completely individual. Once I have cut the tree away from the coin, I finish it with hand engraved bark and leaves. The Oak tree necklace also comes with a simple mounted star or heart hanging freely at the bale or ‘shepherds crook’ safety catch if silver chain option is chosen. I present the pendant complete with remaining ‘off-cut’ of the ‘donor’ silver coin
Size : Approx. 35 mm * 32 mm