The Royal Mint launches first jewellery collection to be made at The Royal Mint in over a thousand years.
On the 4TH July The Royal Mint launched its first jewellery collection to be designed and made by in-house experts in silversmithing techniques at The Royal Mint in its long, illustrious history.
The collection, envisioned by luxury jewellery designer Philippe Cogoli, has been made at The Royal Mint from start to finish, using traditional coin pressing techniques that pay homage to the heritage and expertise gained from over one thousand years of coin minting expertise. The designer, took inspiration from the design of the first ever £2 coin which was minted in 1997, and has deconstructed details of the design to create a truly unique collection that references the original coin. The range includes elements that capture and reflect the evolution of technology, with individual geometric designs.
The Motto collection is named after the ‘motto’ that is stamped into the original £2 coin and attributed to Sir Isaac Newton’s famous saying ‘standing on the shoulders of giants. The geometrically designed range is made from sterling silver and includes unique items ranging from cufflinks and tie pins to earrings and bangles, along with other stylish silver gifts. The collection is a beautiful handcrafted range made in-house, a new and exciting step for The Royal Mint.
Helen Cooper, Director of Gifting at The Royal Mint, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Phillippe Cogoli, a talented designer who has built on the heritage of The Royal Mint and the silversmith craft to create this beautiful new collection. The Motto collection is the first range of jewellery to be created by The Royal Mint’s experienced team and is an exciting development for The Royal Mint brand.”
Philippe Cogoli, designer of the Motto collection, added: “The main inspiration behind the Motto range was the fantastic design of the original 1997 £2 coin. When we saw the potential of the geometric pattern which is stamped onto the coin face, we realised that it reflects an evolution of technology. The idea was to transform the motifs, and design them in a way that is unique but also aligns with The Royal Mint heritage. It was a fantastic collaboration with The Royal Mint team and I feel privileged to have been chosen to work with them.
A more feminine collection, is Sprig, created by award-winning British jewellery designer, Sarah Jordan. Made from sterling silver and Inspired by the reverse side of the 1936 sixpence with its acorns and swirling oak leaves, Sarah felt that the design needed to have a much more modern, sleek and contemporary feel. So she sketched and stylized the design until she came up with the motif that now appears on the jewellery.
Pieces start from £80 and are available from www.royalmint.com/gifts
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today, it is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.
The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history – authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:
I was lucky enough to attend their press launch and see for myself the beautiful designs. As well as the jewellery, later in the year, they will also be selling a fine china money box, a beautiful teddy bear and Sterling silver Christmas tree decorations.
Words: Juliet Bawden