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Fine Jewelry5382 of 6643Antique Victorian Micro Mosaic Royal Blue Gilt Panel BraceletMicro Mosaic 14k yellow gold mounted pendant
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Posted 5 years ago


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These coins had their fields cutout with a tiny jeweler's saw in order to turn them into wearable art. Plenty of people still do it today, although these pieces are old.

The necklace has a family connection- it belonged to my great-grandfather. Cutouts of the Columbian Expo commemorative coins were a popular souvenir at the Expo itself in 1893. My great grandfather was born in 1888, so he might not have been the original owner of the piece. I was told he used it as a watch fob. It has been bronzed as well, although this is wearing off in places.

The earrings are made from Mercury dimes and I bought them at an antique shop in Sandusky, OH. They were on clip earrings when I bought them and I changed them to hooks so I could wear them. I don't know that I would call them trench art, but they are certainly vintage.


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    At least the silver dimes were not bronzed. Reminds me of a joke,: Hear about the (fill in your ethnic choice) athlete who won an Olympic gold medal? He had it bronzed.
  2. amandabuns amandabuns, 5 years ago
    Well, I don't mind the bronzing really. Although I wish it wasn't wearing off!

    And thanks for the loves, y'all. :)
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    The earrings amaze me. A steady hand to salvage the slender letters while cutting away the ground. : )
  4. amandabuns amandabuns, 5 years ago
    Thank you :) they are so light, you hardly feel them when you wear them! Additionally, the other cutout Colombian half dollars I have seen have left the letters in a ring rather than cutting around them.

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