Have you ever had something lucky? Maybe you had an object of some personal significance which you carried with you for the symbolism it held? Do you have any personal items that- while seemingly ordinary to others- are part of treasured stories from your life?
When I started making jewelry designs which featured antique coins for the Historical Coin Collection, I couldn’t help but imagine the stories they could tell. Who had touched them? What historical events had they witnessed? And, with the Spanish coins from the Golden Age of Pirates, I couldn’t help but imagine what adventures they might have been privy to (my imagination, of course, likes to believe that all pirate stories are romanticized like my favorite pirate movies and books).
For a few special coins, I created entire designs around a central question… What if this was a pirate’s lucky coin? How would that pirate keep it, wear it, dress it up- what objects would be symbolic to that person’s personal journey and life? What design elements would a pirate choose to include?
I imagined a young pirate, after helping secure his or her first treasure, would save out one coin to remember the adventure…. This pendant includes fancy work, an art form developed and perfected by sailors on long voyages, on my own original design for wire wrapping coins; my design, only available through Butterfly Sundries, allows both sides of the coin to be seen and enjoyed while still securely held within its custom setting.
Finally I thought of an older, more seasoned pirate, who wanted to show show off wealth, accomplishment, prowess and style… Due to the years of experience, the fancy work would be more intricate. This coin, also securely held within my original wire wrap design (allowing both sides to be seen and enjoyed), hangs from a fancy work band with various beads (including wood, bone and ceramic) which are representative of the life events of the pirate I imagine held it (shipwrecks, prosperity, battles and even hunting for food!).
I also imagined a lucky coin that a pirate would give to his sweetheart back on land… perhaps designed to be worn as a bracelet. In the wire wrapping design for this coin I included swirls reminiscent of the ocean waves on which the pirate lived and shells he might have found at various exotic destinations.
These designs, and many more, can be found on Etsy!