The Coin Necklace
layered coin necklace has been popping up on our jewellery trend watch and we love how it jingles. Coins are a cute pendant style that you can have lots of fun experimenting with. Think coin jewellery layered necklaces, mixing coin metals and different patterns when it comes to creating a hint of the unique how you style necklaces.
Coins are considered a good luck charm in many cultures so there is no reason not to try the trend. Keep reading for inspiration on layered coin necklace designs and how to wear them.
Many cultures around the world use coins in their jewellery pieces. You can find coin pendants in Chinese traditions and even as far back as the Greek and Roman empires.
Chinese culture is full of symbolism and good luck charms. Coin jewellery is only one of the examples of good luck charms. Coins are a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Common jewellery pieces featuring Chinese coins are a simple string bracelet, usually with a red string or a simple long pendant necklace.
During ancient Greek and Roman periods, coin jewellery was a status symbol. Coins were made of precious metals like silver and gold which showed the wearer’s wealth.
More recent examples of coin jewellery are quite romantic. In the Victorian period, sailors would make jewellery from coins they carved themselves to send home to their wives. World War II soldiers would send home coin jewellery too. This type of jewellery is called ‘sweetheart jewellery’.
Nowadays, coin necklaces come in endless designs. Designers are taking the coin necklace beyond a simple pendant, too. Coins can be part of a larger design or layered on a precious stone.
Modern coins also tend to have different patterns on them. Adding elements to the coin is a great way to add a personal touch to the design.
A classic coin necklace style means matching the colour of the chain with the colour of the coin. However, you can add a modern twist by mixing different kinds of metals. This especially works with a layered necklace.
A coin necklace can be either simple and chic or detailed and bold. Looking at the pattern on the coin is the easiest way to decide which route to take. Very detailed coins, especially old-looking coins, work best with a more subtle necklace style. On the opposite side of the spectrum are contemporary coins specifically made for jewellery pieces. For these coins, you can take more risks in the chain style.