Reimagined Components: A pair of Austrian 2 Groschen "Republik O Sterreich" 1957 coins with salvaged agate beads and silver-tone chain from a broken necklace hung on sterling silver fish-hook earrings.
Components Found in: Manhattan Beach CA & Sedona AZ
1888's Take: Old coins impose a wonderful sense of curiosity to me for what they were once worth to someone. To us, they seem like a couple of pieces of round metal, some intricate markings and symbols, perhaps even tell a brief story of the country. But at some point in time those two little coins may have meant another loaf of bread to feed their children, a local newspaper to catch up on the latest of the war, a one-way ferry ticket to discover a brand new life... These small, old treasures have lived many lives themselves and carried a multitude of meanings... some modest, some monumental.
~Austrian 2 Groschen "Republik O Sterreich" 1957~
The Austrian 2 Groschen coin was first circulated in 1950 and continued until 1994. The coin features the current coat of arms which is an eagle holding the scythe and hammer in its claws and an open pair of wings and crown atop its head. The eagle also dawns the Austrian flag on a shield that covers its body. Designers: Benno Rost, Michael Powolny
Agate has a long history of being used as a grounding stone that helps to stabilize one's emotions. Its many colors and banded layers of chalcedony make it one of the most widely used stones for jewelry and healing alike.
A chain helps to connect one thing to another, serving as a symbol of unity and connectedness.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.