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Silver Jewelry Book : NORTH WORKS feature translation

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Craftsman/Toahi Ohta
From/Tokyo, Japan

Old silver coins, with my love.

The Morgan dollar, half dollar, quarter, dime… Why is it that old American coins make us feel a sense of excitement? Toshi Ohta of NORTH WORKS is one of the men who is mesmerized by these such coins. “They all have official American designs and each coin has a story behind it. Each coin has passed through so many different people before it arrived here,” says Ohta, who processes these silver coins and transforms them into new jewelry pieces. This manufacturing method first became widespread during the 1960s, when silver materials are hard to find so coins were melted and used as a metal. However, its roots can be traced back to the Native Americans during the late 1800s.
“Sterling silver typically has a purity of 92.5%, but coins have a purity of 90%. If you polish the silver, there is almost no way of telling the difference between the two until you use it for a long period of time. It’s the same as clothes, which age the more they are worn. And that’s how long I want all of my customers to use my silver jewelry for.”

Clutch Books Silver Jewelry NORTH WORKS

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