Wearable Origami: Jewelry Made From Money Designed By Tine De Ruysser

4 Aug

Check out these unique wearable origami pieces. It’s jewelry made from actual money, designed by Tine De Ruysser.

6 necklaces from 6 continents (inside-out: China, USA, Australia, Europe, South Africa, Argentina

De Ruysser explains the concept behind the jewelry:

For this collection I considered money to be like gold.  After all, paper money came into existence because people did not want to carry their gold around when travelling, mostly for safety reasons.  When “paper money” was first used it was backed up by a gold reserve:  there was no more money printed then there was gold in the bank.  Money was worth gold.  Through time the connection between money and gold has become less transparent.  The relationship has almost turned around:  now gold is worth money.  There is much more money around than there is gold to back up its value.

Gold jewellery can be worn to show how wealthy the wearer is, or as an easy way to keep one’s worldly possessions within reach at all times.  Similarly, wearing money around one’s neck shows one’s wealth.  Even though the banknotes are folded so one can never see the whole note, they are still clearly recognisable as money.  It is hard or impossible to see the value of the notes though, like it is difficult to judge what carat gold was used for a piece of jewellery.  In both cases different colours can be chosen.

Wear these and you can afford anything, anywhere in the world. You might not be made of money (as the old saying goes) but hey, your jewelry is.


All banknotes are valid currency at the time the jewellery is made.  The banknotes are only folded and not damaged in any way: no cutting is used, nor is any glue applied.  Each note can be unfolded and used as currency.  The jewellery is surprisingly strong; it does not tear easily or fall apart quickly.  Some countries (like Australia) use polymers (plastics) rather than paper to make their bank notes; in that case the jewellery is even waterproof.  But in the end the pieces are just origami.  They do need to be handled with care.

Bhutan Ngultrum - 46 banknotes of 1 Ngultrum

Woven Choker, USA Dollars - 24 banknotes of 1 dollar

South African Rand Necklace - 24 banknotes of 20 Rand

Australian Dollar Necklace - 24 banknotes of 5 Australian Dollar

Check out the rest of De Ruysser’s origami money jewelry on her website. She also make origami metal wearables!

Artists Bio:

Tine received her first degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp where she was taught her jewellery techniques. She also learned how to design conceptual work.  She then went on to the Royal College of Art in London where she finished her MA in 2001. During her two years there, she invented an innovative folding material: a combination of metal and textiles.

After finishing her MA, Tine returned to Belgium where she set up as a freelance artist-designer of jewellery and accessories.

She trained as a teacher, and briefly taught at the “Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten” in Sint Niklaas in 2005.

Later that year she started a PhD at the Royal College of Art.  Her research is a further development of the material she invented during her MA.  She is investigating production methods and folding patterns as well as the design possibilities for wearables (jewellery, accessories and jewellery-fashion hybrids).

5 Responses to Wearable Origami: Jewelry Made From Money Designed By Tine De Ruysser



August 5th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Some of those are pretty neat. That choker would be a cool bracelet!



August 5th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I thought the same.



August 14th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

it’d be cool if each piece was worth the amount of paper money it took to make it.. but he’d probably multiply that by the amount of time manual labor, wouldn’t he


stone jewelry

November 7th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

When i first saw these, i actually had to go show my wife. I love origami and this is one the most unquie things that I have seen in a while. I wish i could see this in person.



February 4th, 2011 at 5:29 am

Clever design, very warholian.

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