About this project
The Mint makes it first; it's up to us to make it last. -- Evan Esar
Mrs. Magpie's Treasures has been working hard to build up a studio for creating these unique hand-made rings. Funds from this Kickstarter campaign will help us add equipment and materials to expand the coin jewelry line to include pendants, bracelets and other baubles. We'd also like to start working more with international coins, which sometimes requires special equipment due to the size of the coin.
All of our rewards are made especially for you. They are not backstock, tests, nor practice rings. We've got five reward levels in this campaign. Since we can't add images directly to the level, we thought we'd describe them in more detail here and show you what you'll be receiving. Below that, you'll find additional product images. All coins are "clad", not silver. Visit the FAQ for more information.
The Gratitude Coins ($5) are coins domed to bring out the details of the coin. These are similar to a worry stone - something to keep in your pocket to fiddle with when your brain just can't stop. We prefer to avoid worrying whenever possible, and have decided to call these Gratitude Coins instead. Keep it in your pocket, and when you feel it there, you'll be reminded of everything you have to be grateful for.
We're going to pick the coin we send you. It may be a penny, quarter, half dollar or an international coin. Shown above are three quarters - the National Park coin for the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Colorado state coin, and the "heads" side of a regular quarter.
Greg wasn't sure about including the Dime Rings ($7) in this project. Nancy was. The photo does not do these rings justice. They are small, perfect for a pinky ring. They seem delicate, but since they are made from currency, they are not going to break easily. Since they are smaller, the detail isn't as prominent as it is in the quarter rings. Wearing one is like having a secret tied around your finger. Only you know what it is.
These rings also look lovely on a charm bracelet - we won't use the name but it rhymes with Fandora.
These E Pluribus Unum rings ($15) prominently feature The United States of America, E Pluribus Unum, and the words Quarter Dollar.
The Liberty Coin rings ($20) prominently feature the word Liberty. Hence the name, right? On the reverse side, you also get to pick what year you'd like to display, from 1965-1998, except 1975. Why not 1975? In 1975, the U.S. Mint was producing coins for the Bicentennial. Coins produced in 1975 are dated 1776-1976! What about after 1998? In 1999, the Mint started producing state quarters. The coin's minting date is very small and likely to be distorted during ring production. After the states were all produced in 2009, the Mint produced D.C. and the territories, then moved on to National Parks, which will be released through 2021.
Who doesn't have a favorite state? With this State Ring ($20) you can choose your home state, favorite vacation spot or other memorable location to honor. The ring features the name of the state and the year it became a state. You also get a few elements from the coin's design.
A note about finishes...
Other jewelers may offer both a highly polished finish and an antiqued finish. We've decided to stick with the antiqued finish. In order to get the highly polished finish, some of the detail must be polished away, leaving you with less depth around the words and images. No matter what, the highly polished rings will antique naturally, so you'll end up with an antiqued finish but with less detail.
Mrs. Magpie's Treasures is the shop name for Greg Murphy and Nancy Weaver, two creative souls partnering in life and now in art. (Art does imitate life, after all.) Between us, we have over 50 years of artisanship, creating everything from simple beaded jewelry to hand-carved faerie homes, to photographic and painted works to hang on your wall. Read more on the bio page.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for us is waiting to start making the rings! We're excited to create a one-of-a-kind ring for you.
Since you have the option of choosing a particular state or year at the $20 reward level, we do run the risk of not having enough of a particular year or state. However, we have several sources for coins available to us, so meeting your requests should not be an issue.
Of course there is always the risk of equipment failure, floods, famine, tornadoes and other Acts of God. We're prepared to address these issues as they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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