You may have heard the word "lithic" in the past and not realized its meaning. Lithic is most often heard with prefixes appended to it - words like "monolithic" or "paleolithic" - and the thing these words have in common is that they are referencing stone.
Lithic simply means "pertaining to or consisting of stone."
When I started making collectible stone coins we called them "specimen coins" because they were coin shaped specimens of the materials we were using in our workshop. As we continued to work on the concept, it was obvious that we needed a better, more unique name for our new creation and we settled on "lithic coins," or simply "Lithicoin."
Lithicoin is an original concept allowing stone enthusiasts, designers, and jewelers to collect uniform, easy to store samples of stone. Many of the stones we use in our jewelry workshop are not often collected because of their dimensions or shape, or because they really need to be cut and polished to show their internal beauty. Lithicoins allow the collection of these materials in a fun and organized way.
We create Lithicoins by using a variety of diamond saws to cut large pieces of rough stone into thin slices. We then mark each slice for the best placement, taking into account translucency and any characteristics in the stone's color or pattern. After markup, we carefully cut each slice into smaller pieces and hand carve them into our round coin format against diamond coated grinding and polishing wheels. Each Lithicoin ships in an archival acrylic case for protection and to allow an easily stackable method of storage.
I'd like to send more Lithicoins out into the world, so I have a proposal for you! Take a few minutes to complete three steps, and I will give you and your friend a choice of either Raw Edge Amethyst or Moss Agate Lithicoins.
All Lithicoin stone coins ship in an protective case to avoid damage during shipment and allow the coins to be easily stored without fear of damage. You may wish to remove your case to carry your "Pocket Safe" coin or simply examine a more fragile coin in closer detail. The cases seal tightly, and they do take some care to open. Here's how we open them.
Lithicoin was designed to be a more sophisticated and convenient way to collect our favorite stones, but beyond being collectible, we see them as a tool. In my jewelry workshop, I often use small pieces of material to explain color and pattern concepts to customers, and I use them when I sketch new jewelry. The Lithicoin concept was designed with several uses in mind. Here are a few ways I think they can be a useful tool for you:
The catalog number is unique to each individual Lithicoin, and allows your coin to be accessed at any time by typing this number into the search field on our site.
This is the location where a Lithicoin's material is sourced. We are as specific as possible in the main coin description when we know more about origin (sometimes we will know a specific mine location), but we try to at least note the country. Sometimes we may not know the origin of a particular piece of material, and these coins are marked as "Unknown."
Standard size for Lithicoin stone specimens is approximately 32mm x 3mm (1.25"x0.11" or 1 3/4" x 1/8"). Size can vary by about .5mm (one half millimeter) due to being hand carved from a natural material.
Opacity refers to the translucency of a coin material when backlit. Materials that do not allow light to pass through are considered "Opaque." If light passes through a part or all of a Lithicoin, it is considered "Partially or fully translucent."
Our durability ratings are designed to help you understand how a Lithicoin should be handled. We use the following ratings as suggestions, but please understand that we can make no guarantees about the actual durability of any natural material.
Pocket Safe: This Lithicoin is suitable for frequent handling or daily carry without the case. Try to minimize the number of additional hard objects carried in your pocket or bag (metal coins, etc.) to minimize the chance of breakage or scratches. Many stones are harder than the metals in our everyday lives, but we prefer a cautious approach.
Handle with care outside of case: This Lithicoin can be removed from the case and handled but should not be pocket carried. Exercise caution to avoid drops, and do not apply pressure or any twisting motions.
Fragile, case recommended: This Lithicoin has physical characteristics such as fragile crystal coverage, internal seams or planes, geode sections, or is a brittle material that can be easily scratched or broken. These coins should not be removed from their cases unless you intend to sit down and carefully enjoy them.
We can't predict every scenario a coin might encounter, and natural materials can be unpredictable. We do not provide any guarantee or warranty in the event of damage.