Coins have been used as jewelry for centuries and have evolved to fit the fashion of today. From their original use as earrings to a varied array of necklaces, pendants and charms, these pieces are a fashion “do” that's here to stay.
A Little History
The use of Roman coins as jewelry is a practice that dates back to 3rd Century Ancient Rome. The Ancient Romans wore extensive amounts of jewelry and were constantly experimenting with metals and stones to produce new styles and pieces.
This experimenting led to the creation of iconic pieces we still associate with Rome to this day – serpent arm bands, olive branch head pieces, and golden coins and amulets.
It was common to see Romans layering elaborate pieces made of gold or silver combined with stones such as pearls, rubies and sapphires. Among these was the bulla – a round golden pendant worn on bracelets, necklaces or even earrings. These were given to young boys as an amulet to protect against evil. Young girls were also given an amulet called a lunula.
As jewelry continued to evolve, Ancient Romans began using more and more medallions and coins as part of elaborate pieces. These coins were worn on earrings and necklaces, and usually had precious stones or the carved portraits of emperors.
The Design Process
Our founder and designer, Kyle Garcia, was inspired by the rich history surrounding Ancient Roman coins and their stylistic impact. With these in mind, she designed three different styles of coin that reflect different styles and techniques.
Inspired by water and fluid movement, the Organic coin necklace is designed to appear to be floating on your neck.
Designer Inspo: Elsa Perretti
Inspired by a compass, the Sunburst coin hangs from a bail always pointing north. The edging is made to look like the rays of the sun and is a bright and bold addition to your collection.
Designer Inspo: Foundrae.
The Florentine is both our largest and most classic piece in the Coin Collection. The edging is created with an old Italian technique called cross-hatching and is polished to a shiny finish.
Find your school's piece from the Coin Collection and don a look that'll never go out of style.