Not just a massive 41mm coin stuck at the end of a chain, never to be worn. I must say I had to jump a few paradigms myself, my Dad had been collecting coins and I grew up in minted condition, everything has it's place and coins can't be touched.
Since this particular gem had lost it's minted luster already I just had to get over the cutting bit. I wanted to keep as much of the features in tact as possible and decided to make three interchangeable pendants to break up the size and seriousness of the original.
The centre piece was the start, then I cut carefully around the writing and very close to the edge, the motto "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité", crowned with a Peridot made the second pendant and I took the rim turned it inside out, shaped into a flowing motion, the wave between conscious thinking and intuition. Speckled with gemstones. An other white(silver), red gold combination. Keeping memories.