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Freshly Minted: Fine Jewellery inspired by Australian coins

Hayley O'Neill

Inspired by over 50 years of the Royal Australian Mint’s much loved coin creations

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Royal Australian Mint has launched a delightful Fine Jewellery Collection that appeals both to the fine artist and fashion lover.

The design phase started well over 18 months ago and the purpose was to create on trend pieces that are timeless and relevant to its history.

From chunky cuffs to delicate earrings, the collection sees a wide range of on-trend pieces made in rose, white and gold plated, and sterling silver.

Hayley O’Neill sat down with the Royal Australian Mint’s Creative Director, Frederica Heacock; Marketing and Communications Manager, Michelle Nakamura; and Product Developer, Kylie Carral, to get the scope on the new collection.

“We looked very closely to international trends and what was happening to them in style. One thing that really sat well with us was flora and fauna and we saw it appearing with high profiled brands like Gucci,” says Frederica.

“It just so happened to be that subject matter that we have on our coins, so all of our jewellery designs are inspired by our coin collections and that’s what makes it unique.”

“Our coins are rendered in 3D and modelled in plaster to create three-dimensions and we’ve done exactly that with our jewellery line, we’ve modelled it so that there are lots of dimensions in the pieces.”

Eternity Collection Necklace $549.00; Eternity Collection Bracelet $489.00; Genealogy Collection Pendant (Worn as bracelet) $139.00; and Natural World Collection Square Ring $159.00.

Eternity Collection Necklace $549.00; Eternity Collection Bracelet $489.00; Genealogy Collection Pendant (Worn as bracelet) $139.00; and Natural World Collection Square Ring $159.00.

The Fine Jewellery Collection includes three stories in the range – Eternity, Genealogy and Natural World. Each story is inspired by a curated coin collection that has been influenced by Australian culture, flora and fauna.

Eternity

The Eternity story is inspired by the 2015 Heart-Shaped Eternal Love Coin and 2015 Distinctly Australian Coin. The details in the coins have been reimagined into contemporary pieces that are directly influenced by the eternity symbols seen through out the pieces. Also featured are round shapes reminiscent of the coin shape themselves, as well as disks and intricately carved details to reflect the distinctive tastes of coin collections.

Eternity Collection Trailing Necklace $419.00; and Eternity Collection Double Cuff $279.00.

Eternity Collection Trailing Necklace $419.00; and Eternity Collection Double Cuff $279.00.

Genealogy

The family tree is a key symbol throughout the Genealogy story. Virtues of love and family values are significant in the details of these pieces, linking eternity and family tree symbols together. This story sought inspiration from the gorgeous details found in the 2013 Royal Baby Coin, the annual Baby Six Coin Year Sets and the Alphabet Collection.

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Genealogy Collection Cuff $319.00; and Genealogy Collection Spinning Ring $259.00.

Natural World

Natural World is the story that encompasses many elements from Australia’s flora and fauna. Inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint, coins with signature honeycomb patterns represent all the people that work at the Mint and the interlocking components that work together to produce the ‘honey’. This conceptual design relates to the jewellery with honeycomb-influenced geometrical patterns and the bee.

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Natural World Collection Honeycomb Cuff $319.00; and Natural World Collection Ring $159.00.

“We’ve got pieces that are quite chunky, but then have some more delicate options in each story; there are even cufflinks in the range for the boys, as well as some genderless rings,” says Frederica, explaining the diverse options to suit everyone’s taste.

Michelle also comments, “This is the first time we have looked into doing something like this, which is why we looked at engaging a local model company (HAUS Models) and keeping the local connection which we will be pushing out to a wider audience.”

The pieces in the Fine Jewellery Collection range in price from $129.00 to $649.00 and can be purchased online and in store at the Royal Australian Mint.

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Where: Royal Australian Mint, Deakin
When: Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 5pm; Saturday to Sunday – 10am to 4pm.
Phone: 02 6202 6999
Web: www.eshop.ramint.gov.au

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Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape.

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  • Someone

    These look awful and are only gold plated. Why are they so expensive?