Jim Petriko is taking what started out as a hobby in 2014 and is transforming it into a successful, fulfilling career - re-purposing coin rings from all four corners of the globe into stunning, one-of-a-kind rings you can wear.
Through careful application of heat and pressure, he bends the coins into rings without losing any of the intricate, original designs that were originally part of the coin.
“It still surprises me that I can take something that was flat and after heating and bending it, I still have all of its original detail,” he explains. “Even the scratches! If the coin had a scratch, the scratch is still there.”
What is even more remarkable is that through the entire process, the image from the opposite side of the coin is also saved and remains clearly visible.- both sides of the coin are still there on the finished ring.
Creating coin rings is also opening up a range of exciting new business opportunities for Jim, including the minting of coins.
“Since I started making coin rings, I have noticed a need for groups and organizations to be able to have a high-quality, custom-minted coin made in very low volumes as a possibility,” he said. “Some groups use a custom minted coin as a fund raiser for their organization”.
Jim notes that other than the Royal Canadian Mint, there are no other mints in Canada. “With what I’m doing, I am able to help people custom mint coins with orders as low as 200 coins – not tens of thousands. There is no way the Royal Mint would even consider accepting an order that small”.
Think of the possibilities!
“Being involved with groups and organizations helping to design coins specifically for them is very satisfying,” he said. “Each coin is a work of art that tells their story to the world. And it does so in pure silver, gold and copper,” he added.
“Think of the possibilities! What if we took that custom coin and made it into a one-of-a-kind ring? That absolutely takes it to another level.”