Byzantine Cross Coin Necklace in Rose Gold
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BYZANTINE EMPIRE 402 AD
This small bronze coin from the Byzantine Empire is handcrafted in 18K rose gold and is adorned with a bezel of white diamonds. The pendant is attached to a handmade 18K rose gold link chain. 0.44ctw diamonds. Chain length is 16 inches. The pendant size is 0.47 inches.
“The coin depicts a coin within a wreath. Early Christian crosses were hand struck during the reign of Theodosius the Great. He was the emperor responsible for making Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire. While he never became a Christian himself, there is a saint named after him.” - Melissa Braniff
Melissa Braniff’s fascination with ancient coins began with decades of study in classical mythology and the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. While reading one account of Julius Caesar returning to Rome after defeating a territory, she learned that each “triumph" was followed by a parade where coins manufactured to commemorate the victory would be thrown about the streets. Her initial curiosity to locate those exact coins ultimately led her to the vast world of even more ancient coinage. As her ancient coin collection grew, she was moved by how the coins artistically combine her love of both mythology and ancient culture. She designed her collection to share the beauty and the stories of these ancient artifacts with others. Melissa’s handcrafted pieces are rich in their design and in the stories they tell. These are stories that are meant to be shared and that connect with each person in their own unique way.
We love cross necklaces and this coin necklace certainly stands apart with its rich history and beautiful diamond and rose gold setting.