Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Chupi Irish Farthing Coin Necklace

I've had a bit of a thing for coin necklaces for a while but wanted something unique and uniquely Irish at that.
Lo and behold, I found this beauty from Irish jewellery designer, Chupi

Chupi Irish Farthing Coin Necklace

The story behind it makes it even more special:
"Cast from an original Irish farthing coin from the 1940’s that Chupi found in her grandmother’s sewing box, this is a little reminder you are worth your weight in gold.
In the early 1920’s the first Irish coins were designed by a committee headed by the legendary poet W.B. Yeats. Renowned artist Percy Metcalfe was commissioned to design a series of beautiful coins inspired by Irish wildlife. When Chupi was little she loved coins, particularly the beautiful old Irish coins with their illustrations of the birds, deer and salmon."
The bird on the coin is a Woodcock, apparently one of the most commonly found birds in the West of Ireland.

Chupi Irish Farthing Coin Necklace
Mermaid shirts for the win.

Himself bought it for me as a gift for completing my Midwifery Higher Diploma and it hasn't left my neck since. I'm obsessed.
Mine is rose gold although it's also available in gold and silver and you can request a longer chain. Personally I was happier with the shorter length as it means I can layer my necklaces, which I regularly do as I think it looks great for Summer.

Chupi Irish Farthing Coin Necklace

I love that it's as Gaeilge and how beautiful the design is. I often find myself turning the word "feoirling" around in my mouth- like most Irish words it has a wonderfully soft, comforting sound. 
And even though I didn't grow up using that particular coin (we had the horse, deer, salmon coins etc), I nevertheless feel an odd sense of nostalgia and an attachment to it. 
It's such a beautiful piece with a strong reminder of our heritage and our disposition towards nature and the beauty that can be found therein. 

Chupi Irish Farthing Coin Necklace

LOVE that harp on the back with the date (my own little bit of vintage with that 1946). 

You can read more about this beauty HERE on the Chupi website.
XX

23 comments:

  1. I love it. I think the old Irish coins are so lovely. And congrats on the Diploma.

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    1. Thank you Emma! Yeah I love the old coins too, such a shame they're gone!

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  2. Aww thats very pretty! Huge congrats on your Midwifery Higher Diploma!!! xo

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  3. Huge congrats on your Higher Diploma! I've had my eye on this necklace, it's amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much Y! Oh you should get it, you'd love it! *enabling ftw*

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  4. I love their stuff, it's so unique and I love the history aspect of things.

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    1. So do I, there's some really fab stuff in the collection online.

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  5. Congratulations Chloe, well done xx I adore Chupi, I have a ring that means a lot to me and want to get something else from her, love this necklace. Actually miss the old coins (not the 1946 ones, I am but a young slip of a girl *cough*) but the little hapenneys with the hare on them that used to knock round my Nana's house - proper old Irish money.

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    1. Thanks so much Sharon! Yeah I loved all those old coins, such a shame we don't have them anymore. The euro coins are so generic. Wah.

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  6. This is gorgeous, fair play to your guy for picking it. I have to be mad careful with big necklaces (awkward boob situation, nothing hangs right) but eurgh, those Chupi gem rings have my heart.

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    1. It's actually surprisingly small Lorraine! it's looks bigger in the photos! x

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  7. Super cute! I love coin necklaces, although I haven't acquired any for myself. I have a thing for lockets so I suppose that's where I put my focus.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah lockets are beautiful too, some gorgeous, unique ones out there.

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  8. That's stunning! Chupi is a genius.

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  9. that is such a beautiful piece, i adore it! it's simple yet incredibly unique.

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    1. Thank you Grace! That's what I think too! x

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  10. I really wish we still have our old money! It's so pretty! :)

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    1. I know, I loved the old money too, it was special :(

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  11. The necklace is fab! Love Chupi 😊
    Siobhan xx

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    1. Thank you! So do I, can see myself making more purchases in the future! ;)

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  12. Hello, do you still wear this necklace? I want to purchase. Its amazing.

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