Jewellery made from old Icelandic coins

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Viktor Andri Halldórsson is a young man studying to become a skipper in the Technical School of Reykjavik. On the side he makes jewellery from old Icelandic coins.

The coins are not worth much, not used anymore and not old enough to be of interest to collectors. Viktor however sees their worth. At least as a material for the jewellery.

First results hideous

“My mom has over the years collected coins in a jar that she keeps in the laundry room. I had seen a picture of a ring made from some American coin online, and I thought of making such a thing from an Icelandic coin, and my mom permitted me to try it with the coins from the jar. It was hideous, and the next, and the next.”

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Viktor kept on trying and with better tools, and succeeded. Now he makes cufflinks, necklaces, rings and tiepins from the coins. He sells them through his Facebook page, Halldorsson Design, and now on board Icelandair planes.

The jewellery comes in a gift box, with a coin same as the jewellery is made from.

Popular amongst former USA army officers

The cufflinks are particularly popular amongst former officers of the USA Army that used to serve in Iceland. “Perhaps it’s about nostalgia, they probably used these coins when they were stationed here, years ago.”

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Árni Sæberg

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