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As previewed on IG. This is the Secret Keeper with the Antique French coin. From 1912. Due to its age and wear pattern, its value is more in its character and uniqueness vs. its condition and value to collectors. So I felt comfortable adding 14k GF adornments to accent her hair. If this coin were worth more, I would have left it alone while working with it to preserve its value.
Here's a little insight into the process and my thought on creating this unique design. I stumbled across an Antique find that sparked the initial idea for the Secret Keepers. I found an antique pillbox while Antique hunting a few months ago, which had a similar motif. I immediately recognized the die struck motif and knew I had the working tool, struck from an Antique Master from Paris. Since I am trying to keep the original in the best shape possible, I like to cast the ones I strike. It allows me to work them into designs while preserving the original. And, of course, I had to put my spin on it and get extra fancy. I loved the idea, but I really wanted to make it my own. Like most of my ideas, I sketch out a rough idea, typically 5 or 6 variations. Sometimes I love one and move to create pretty quickly. Other ideas like these Secret Keepers need a bit longer and more work in the design process. So I like to keep these in the back of my mind until I can puzzle out their closure and what materials I wanted to use. While I like lockets, I'm not too fond of the hinges. I find that they are too limiting. Especially if I want to make the top of the Secret keeper a stand-alone pendant. Ultimately I decided on a tension fit. Or creating a bezel within a bezel with extra thick shapes silver that nested snugly inside the other.
This secret keeper has a lot of metal in it. The Antique coin is solid copper, and there is quite a bit of Sterling that went into making this piece. I did design the top of the box to be worn as a pendant on its own, with the included chain. But you may wear the coin on any chain you like. The bail is a fold-over that allows for a variety of chains to fit.
As stated above, the Secret Keeper has been designed for a snug tension fit. I didn't want to detract from the decorative edges. I did the drop test and wore it for an afternoon around the house to make sure it was a sturdy design. But as always, my pieces come with a warranty. If it sometimes goes amiss due to a design or craftsmanship flaw, I am happy to make it right.
Absolutely one of a kind. (I do have more coins so that I might revisit this idea. But nothing will be identical to this design.)
Psst!!!! Yes, this does come on a Sterling chain.
Material Composition: Sterling Silver, Copper, 14k GF & CZ
Measurements: 1 3/4" tall by 1 3/8" wide. A Sterling 16" paperclip chain with a 4" extender is included.