Melissa Braniff

Roman Emblems Coin Necklace

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    This ancient silver coin from the Roman Empire 198 AD is set in 22K gold with 4 white diamonds along its edge and is suspended from a handcrafted 22K gold chain. 18 inch chain. Pendant size is 0.61 inches. 

    “The coin depicts emblems and implementations used in ancient religious rituals: The pitcher to hold wine, the simpulum was the small ladle with a long handle used to taste the wine, the sprinkler to sprinkle holy water and the lituus was the wand used to mark out a ritual space in the sky.” - 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 feminine details of both the pitcher depicted in this ancient coin and the diamonds that surround its rich gold setting. We also love the rich history that comes with each of Melissa Braniff’s ancient coin pieces.