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Coco De Mer Coin Necklace

USA Apis Atelier, Cape Town, South Africa


This Coco de Mer Coin Necklace comes from Apis Atelier, a South African brand created by Nicola Hemmes in her Cape Town studio where she makes everything by hand. Inspired by nature, her travels, ancient mythology and the ocean, mementoes found are born as the bones for this tactile jewellery line. Apis (meaning “bee” in Latin) uses old-world techniques to create imperfect modern heirlooms that engage the body and soul.

This ancient bronze cast Seychellois Rupee on black leather with bronze beads is made from a lost and found Seychellois Rupee coin depicting the palm tree of the Coco de Mer, a rare species native to the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

Meaning "Coconut of the Sea", when a coco de mer fruit falls into the ocean, it cannot float because of its great weight and density and so it sinks to the bottom. But after a while, the husk drops off, the internal parts of the nut decay, and the gases that form inside the nut cause it to rise up to the surface and float.

Malay seaman saw these nuts "floating upwards" and reasoned they must grow on underwater trees, in a forest at the bottom of the sea. Ocean currents swept these nuts too far and distant lands, where legends and lore abound. Wear this necklace when you are in need of some adventure. It is smooth and worn around the edges as if battered by the sea. It will bring you luck and courage on your journey.

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Availability: Made to order

This item is non-returnable

Estimated delivery date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Dimensions Size of Seychellois rupee - 35mm x 28mm.
Materials Bronze
Gemstones Plain/None
Necklace Length 20 Inches

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