Hong Kong jeweller has found the perfect use for your pesky small change

Dee Gogh online boutique takes 10-, 20- and 50-cent Hong Kong pieces and transforms them into cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and finger rings

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 October, 2015, 8:02am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 October, 2015, 10:05am

A local jewellery designer has hit the jackpot by finding a novel use for Hong Kong’s much-maligned small-denomination coins. Dee Gogh online boutique founder Carey Ip takes 10-, 20- and 50-cent pieces and transforms them into unique cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and finger rings – which make exceptional gifts, especially when the coins were minted in the recipient’s birth year. And they don’t cost a pretty penny either: the coin cufflinks are HK$480 a pair, while a bracelet made from a craftily deconstructed 20-cent piece sells for HK$580.

Ip started the business towards the end of last year. “I made a few pairs of cufflinks for my husband and his friends using coins from their year and place of birth as Christmas gifts. They loved them, so with their encouragement I launched my Facebook page with just one category: cufflinks. In the past few months I have expanded the product range,” she says. “In the near future I will play around with coins from different places, and mix and match them with other materials such as leather. But all designs will be kept simple and timeless.”

For more information, visit Ip at facebook.com/thedeegogh or deegogh.com