Value of a Penny

June 22, 2016 § Leave a comment



For many years, pennies have been a part of my life. I remember walking to the corner shop to buy taffy candies Mojos – 2 for a penny. I had one from 1967 but somehow after keeping it for over 25 years the penny is lost.

In today’s economy, the penny holds little value…the Canadian Mint began to phase them out in 2012 with Amerians considering the same path as it costs about 1.7 cents to make one American penny.

To me the penny is more than a penny. When I hear the “penny” I’m taken back to when I lived in Hong Kong. While there aren’t any pennies in Hong Kong, Penny was a good friend. Two in fact friends. Penny Duke is a beautiful Taiwanese American fashion maven who introduced to me the cool fashion of Alexander Wang and Penny Sims is a strong minded Australian who could dance till the early morning hours.

Both women gorgeous and generously opened their hearts to me and my family when we moved to Hong Kong with two young children. They supported me with their friendships, humour and kindest. In my early days as a jewelry designer both Pennys loved the same cocktail ring – a brilliant cut semi precious stone 8 carats held together by a wide highly polished clean tension mount.

Penny Duke’s ring in Rose Quartz with a Rose Gold finish is soft and chic, while Penny Sim’s ring is Smoky quartz and Silver is strong and bold -perfect. Two very different women both drawn to the same ring. Today the ring is name after these women. The Penny Ring – elegant, contemporay, daring and adventuous. Every time I think or see someone with the Penny ring I think of the two Pennys.   I hope any one who has a Penny Ring fills it with friendships as I have.


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