The Passing Coin is just that, it is a coin created to keep for yourself and pass on to those you love. We created the Passing Coin as a symbol of love, connection, strength and reassurance, and to solidify the everlasting bond with those you care about.
I love having something tangible to hold closely, acting as a constant reminder that no matter what the current situation may be in our lives, our love is safe and can withstand anything life may throw our way. We can hold onto the coin during the darkest of hours, whether feeling alone and apart from those we love most, nervous about starting a new chapter in life, living thousands of miles away for an unknown amount of time, whatever the circumstance, the Passing Coin is a reminder that someone loves you.
I carry this coin with me wherever I go, whether in my pocket or in my wallet, I never leave without it. My girls carry one as well, which in turn keeps the bond and connection between us, and is a constant reminder that our love will always prevail. This coin can be given for a thousand different reasons to a thousand different people, and whatever the circumstance, the Passing Coin’s purpose will always remain;
No matter where you are, I am here with you, and this too shall pass.
Many years ago, I endured some pretty difficult circumstances that would change my life, along with those I loved most, forever. During that period of time in my life, I searched for something that my daughters and I could wear or hold onto that would send a message of my love for my girls, and remind us of our strength, courage, hope, and promise that everything would turn out OK. I never really found anything, and instead, the girls and I made our own matching beaded bracelets that simply said, I love you. We wore the bracelets until they finally fell off. As a result of one of the darkest periods in my life, the idea of Gemma Raffo began, and after nine long years, the dream has finally come to life. Through the help and support of my husband Anthony, we have created pieces to keep loved ones connected.
A few years ago, after returning from Italy to celebrate my grandma Gemma Raffo's 100th birthday, the ideas, the pieces, and the name of our business finally came to light. What better way to communicate love, strength, and connection than with the name of my Nonna, Gemma Raffo, who, by the way, will turn 103 this October.
Gemma Raffo is a brand that has one purpose and that is to connect to those you love and say whatever you need to say most. The pieces enable you to express how you feel, sends a message of hope and strength, and most importantly, is a reminder that nobody can ever tear you apart.
This crowdfunding campaign isn't just about selling as many coins as we can. The funding will be invested in the launch of the brand that will include a variety of pieces based on the same theme of staying connected with your loved ones. Our plan is to launch the website, gemmaraffo.com, in late November or early December of this year. The goal being to bring you a new group of goods for this holiday season.
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About the coin
Expect high quality coins minted on vintage machines by Shire Post Mint in Arkansas. J. L. Lawson & Co. has been working with them for a couple of years now and have only received amazing quality, fast turnaround and flawless customer service from them.
Slightly larger and thicker than a Nickel, The Passing Coin is the perfect size to carry and give away.
We are firm believers that our customers can tell the story of the product better then we can so we did a soft launch of the coin through J. L. Lawson & Co.'s newsletter and asked for some short testimonials about the product. We expected some basic feedback but what we received even surprised us. Please take the time to read a few of our favorites. They are a bit long but well worth the read.
"Rarely does a day go by that I don’t recognize someone else struggling. The reality is that life is tough and oftentimes we are forced to muddle through without meaningful support or drawing unnecessary or unwanted attention to ourselves. I purchased The Passing Coin as my way of letting someone else know that they have worth, they’re difficulties are recognized without offering meaningless platitudes, and that it will get better. And if it so happens that it doesn’t get better for them, someone still cares about them and is offering up a bit of love to help them through."
"My best friend has been going through some very tough times this year and because of that has become extremely depressed. After stopping by to check on him one day I noticed just how bad everything was getting for him and I knew I had to help more. Being a regular customer of J.L. Lawson I had received the email that showed the Passing Coin and knew it would be perfect! I ordered the coin and while waiting for its delivery I planned a get together with all of our friends so we could show him how much he is loved. The coin arrived and a date was set for the get together. During the event I took him aside and we sat down and had an incredible conversation. I told him that we all know that he isn't the type of person to tell everyone his business or ask for help, but we had all noticed that things had been off with him and we noticed that he was just not happy anymore. I handed him the coin and gave him a huge hug letting him know that I, and everyone at the house was there for him and that we could be his strength in this time of need. We talked about how his current struggles were just temporary and that in time they will pass. After a good cry, I walked him back to the crowd and everyone began to pass out hugs to him, letting him know that he was loved and had all of the help that he could ever need. This all went down this past weekend but we have all noticed a huge change in his demeanor and emotions. I have seen him twice since and each time he gives me a flash of the coin and has a nice grin on his face. I'm so happy that this coin showed up when it did, it helped bring my best friend back to me and helped him realize that he had love and friendship that would always be his strength and guidance when needed. The coin will forever be his reminder."
"For starters I find that it was quite timely that I happen to be experiencing mounting interest in spinning tops and stumbled upon the JLLawson website. I find the spinning tops to be somewhat Zen and really enjoy the product that they put out. I definitely see them as a form of stress relief.
Little background about myself and my wife. We, in July were preparing to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and had dated for six years prior to that so we have a long loving history. Not without its road hazards by any means, but we stuck together!
We are In our mid 50's. We have two boys, a daughter and two grand boys. Our daughter is the youngest and still living at home though graduated from high school. The last two years have been a challenge with our daughter as she was diagnosed with a behavioral health issues and has really put a lot of pressure on our daily lives off and on.
As we were preparing for bed late February 7 we my wife received a phone call from her brother who was in hysterics. Their father had been killed by a hit-and-run driver. We rushed to the scene and met the other siblings to wonder what happened and grieve. The young man who was driving, 18 years old, turned himself in within two hours. We have been going to court off and on up to this point and now his sentencing is supposed to be mid September. He finally plaid guilty.
This whole event dug up a lot of old unresolved issues and my wife sunk into a depression. Ultimately I had to take her to see her doctor and then the emergency room to circumvent her suicidal thoughts. She was admitted and spent about 10 days impatient and about three months outpatient. Getting therapy to resolve her issues, which are our issues was tough but she saw it as a solution so her mind set was good for recovery. It has been a long road but she's back at work now and we have revived somewhat of a normal life and hope to find some closure with respect to her father once the sentencing has transpired.
Curiously I all of a sudden received your email and took the time to read it. I'm not a chick flick guy so that link in itself was just as by-chance!
My wife and myself really are people that need reinforcing all the time, I love you etc. But being a guy I'm a more tangible person and when I saw your coin I thought it was a perfect thing to express that lifelong connection. A gift that's not represented in something such as a bouquet of flowers that is soo temporary. I presented her the coin and had her read the background you provided with it and told her that I would be keeping mine with me always. It's not hard for me because my pockets are always full of junk. It was much to my delight that I found that she had mentioned it to family and coworkers who all remarked how thoughtful it was. She loves her coin and told me that numerous times and during stressful moments would bring up the coins.
Our potholes continue and we find ourselves holding the coins simultaneously while across town from each other.
Your coin seems to provide something tangible that brings to the surface what is often normally assumed during hard times, that we will always be there for each other no matter what!!!
My wife and myself thank you!!!"
"My girlfriend and I are both middle aged, two kids each, just trying to find our way in the world together. She is a perfect match for me. I mean if you ever find the right one you will know and never let go of it. In any event she spent the past two years returning to school to obtain her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. She graduated this past May and has pivoted to her Masters. We are lucky to see each other once a week given the busy schedules we both keep professionally and in our family lives in addition to her educational goals. We talk often via text messages. She is my absolute foundation and I know that I am hers. We are just there at all times when each other needs.
When the email came in from Anthony about the new venture from Lisa I immediately took a look. J. L. Lawson has a strong reputation for quality so anything that comes my way simply merits review. I saw the passing coins in the initial offering Gemma Raffo and instantly knew I wanted a set of them. I wanted the woman I love to have something she could hold on to or look at and know in some way it was connected to the one in my pocket and derive strength and support from that, knowing how much I love her.
This is where the particle physics joke comes in. We were out for my birthday on Monday July 31st, at my favorite pub, to get a pint of my favorite beer. The coins had arrived that morning and I had given one to her explaining the significance of them. We both listen to some fairly nerdy, intellectual podcasts and a recent episode sparked a conversation about quantum entanglement theory. How two subatomic particles are paired or twined at creation and share the same state, are affected by the same factors, regardless of distance from each other. While we were discussing the coins at lunch I made the inference that the coins were like our own quantum entangled pair. They connected us over a distance. It was a physical manifestation of how much we loved and supported each other no matter what time of day it was or what the surrounding circumstances were. The also signified how well we fit together. She told me later that day it was the second time the gift had brought her to tears.
We both like well made things, gifts that aim for thoughtful over costly and having these gives us each a way to remember that we will always be there for each other no matter what else has occurred in our lives. No matter what stress or challenges arose there was always this very elegant but traditional reminder of our commitment and love for each other."
Thank you, in advance, to all of you for supporting the brand, my nonna for the inspiration, my two amazing girls, mom and dad for always supporting me and my husband Anthony.
Risks and challenges
There is little to no risk with the coin. We have already invested in the die and done a test run of coins. We will likely order the coins before the campaign ends and be ready to ship as soon as the two week waiting period is complete.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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