Melissa Braniff

Licinius Roman Coin Necklace

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    This large bronze coin from the Roman Empire 308 AD is set in 18K yellow gold with a hammered texture and is enhanced by four white diamonds set one on each side and an additional diamond atop the chain clasp. 16 inch handmade 18K yellow gold chain. 0.26 ctw diamonds. The pendant size is 0.98 inches. 

    “The coin depicts the profile of the Emperor Licinius. He was married to Constantine’s sister, Constantina and they served as co-emperors for several years.” - 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 the strength that seems to exude from this roman coin and the softness of the hammered 18K gold edge in which it is so beautifully set.