Tanit

Tanit Collection

A rich tapestry of past centuries is woven into these captivating, one-of-a-kind creations. We search the world over for ancient coins imbued with the beauty and strength of women. The Tanit Collection embodies the powerful feminine presence of the past, present, and future. As precious as rare gemstones, these coins are set with a modern aesthetic, designed to appeal to the woman of today. Each piece is a unique, wearable work of art, handmade by master goldsmiths who exalt—never alter—every coin selected for the Tanit Collection. Elegant modern design resonates with the power and history of women who will live on with you, those who came before us and those who will come after. It is a celebration of feminine strength, beauty, and resilience that resonates with all women.

Discover a piece of ancient history with our Athena Sun necklace, featuring a rare bronze double unit coin minted by the Brettii around 211-208 BC in the region now known as Calabria. The Brettii, an Italic tribe surrounded by prosperous Greek colonies, were deeply influenced by Greek culture through their extensive trade with neighbouring Hellenic communities. This cultural interchange is beautifully reflected in the coin’s design and artistic execution, especially in its adoption of the Greek goddess Athena.

The coin’s reverse showcases Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, in a dynamic pose as she advances rightward. Athena is portrayed wielding a spear and bearing an oval shield, her dress flowing with movement, while her poised knee signals determination. In front of her, a bucranium symbolises wealth and sacrifice. The Greek inscription ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ further authenticates the coin’s historical origins. The oval shield, centrally positioned Athena, and balanced inscription together create a powerful scene highlighting her role as a guardian and protector.

On the obverse, Ares, the god of war and Athena’s brother, appears in profile, contrasting starkly with the vivid scene of Athena on the reverse. This arrangement underscores Athena’s strategic importance in ancient narratives of protection and wisdom in warfare, contrasting with her brother, who personified sheer brutality and bloodlust.

Rated Very Fine (VF), the coin features an exquisite dark green patina that enhances its visual appeal. The coin’s setting, designed to mimic the rays of the sun, is inspired by ancient motifs. It is complemented by a luxurious blackened silver chain finished with a gold ‘Sassi’ lock, reminiscent of ancient jewellery clasps. This design reflects our commitment to craftsmanship and captures the essence of ancient artistic heritage.

This necklace represents a tangible connection to the past, encapsulating the artistry and spirit of the ancient Brettii. It is a statement of refined elegance and historical resonance, perfect for those who cherish both beauty and tradition.

“Each coin is unique, but all have one element in common: a woman’s touch. We are focused on incorporating coins that represent a female figure of power to enhance the femininity of these creations and showcase the role of women in history. Antique coins representing female figures are much rarer than coins depicting male rulers or gods. Therefore, the quest for the perfect coin can take time and patience is key, but I think this aspect of the collection is truly Sassi.”

Renilde Vervoort

This magnificent Diana cuff bracelet features an 18 mm silver Denarius serratus, struck in 81 BC under A. Postumius Albinus in the Roman Republic. This superb example, with its museum quality and extremely fine (EF) condition, is beautifully toned with iridescent hues.

The coin depicts Diana, goddess of the hunt, with her bow and quiver over her shoulder. A bucranium, an ox skull, is represented above her profile as a symbol of ritual sacrifice. The sacrifice can be seen on the reverse: a figure dressed in a toga stands left, sprinkling the sacrificial bull with a branch, a lighted altar standing between them.

This beautiful coin is set facing a masterly executed and iconic attribute, an arrowhead, sprinkled with 28 grey diamonds and ‘tied’ with a gold cord. The cuff-bracelet, expertly crafted in 18k yellow gold, is flexible and comfortable for effortless wearability and safety. This elegant and timeless cuff-bracelet with its sophisticated design is a wearable and meaningful piece of history.

"Flexible and comfortable for ease of wear and safety, this simple yet sophisticated piece holds a place in jewelry history by virtue of its cultural importance and 21st century design, rarity and preciousness."
Kyle Roderick in Forbes

“While all pieces in its Tanit collection are set with coins from antiquity and are thus one-of-a-kind, historically important and valuable, Sassi’s design aesthetic is contemporary and understatedly chic.”

Kyle Roderick in Forbes

These refined earrings showcase a museum-quality Roman intaglio, dating from the 1st or 2nd century CE. Encased in the splendour of 18k yellow gold, this pair tells a story of victory and divine guidance through the image of the winged goddess Nikè.

Nikè, depicted in a flowing tunic, strides gracefully to the left, holding a palm frond – her attribute and symbol of triumph. This ancient seal has been meticulously carved in green-coloured chrome chalcedony. Chrome chalcedony was used in Roman jewellery and seals for its interesting green hue. The mystery of its source, lost in time as the mine ceased to yield, adds to the intrigue of this unique piece.

With our innovative approach to celebrating treasures from the past, we have created a counterpart to the intaglio in these earrings. By taking an imprint in wax of the original seal, we used the ancient lost-wax casting technique to produce a gold version. This cast, a mirror of the seal as it would appear to its Roman user, is encircled by nephrite jade. This choice of gemstone beautifully complements the original intaglio’s colour.

The left earring holds the original Roman intaglio, weighing 4.90 ct., in a contemporary gold frame. Its partner, bearing the gold imprint surrounded by 6.18 ct. of nephrite jade, aligns in perfect harmony, creating an aesthetic balance. Together, they form a pair that unites the power of the past with the poetry of the present. These Eternal Triumph Earrings showcase the spirit of the goddess Nikè, who will guide the wearer to her own victories, big and small, as she wears these understatedly chic and refined pieces.

” [La collection Tanit] met en avant des pieces antiques célébrant le pouvoir des femmes: les profils des déesses Tanit, Nikè, Diane ou Demeter se détachent sur des bijoux d’une facture remarquable.”

Hervé Dewintre in Le Point

” [The Tanit Collection] highlights antique pieces celebrating the power of women: the profiles of the goddesses Tanit, Nikè, Diane or Demeter stand out on  jewellery of remarkable craftsmanship.” 

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This exquisite Arethusa cuff bracelet showcases a bronze Hemilitron, minted around 400 BC during the flourishing era of ancient Syracuse. Graded as very fine (VF), the coin displays a distinct green patina and subtle signs of wear, a testament to its historic voyage through time, enhancing its unique character and appeal.

The coin features a profile of Arethusa, the chaste nymph, adorned with a single pendant earring and necklace. Her hair is elegantly bound in an ampyx and sphendone, with a laurel branch positioned behind her. On the reverse, a dolphin joyously swims over a cockle shell, symbolising Syracuse’s seafaring strength, while the inscription ΣΥΡΑ (Syra) anchors its cultural identity, reflecting both mythological and historical significance.

The nucleus of Syracuse, the most powerful city-state of Magna Graecia, was the small island of Ortygia, just off the coast, which easily transformed into a natural fortress. According to legend, Arethusa fled from a river god, was transformed into a spring by Artemis, and reemerged on Ortygia as the Fountain of Arethusa, providing vital water to the city-fortress.

Opposite this ancient artefact, completing the bracelet, is a meticulously designed section paved with black diamonds, adding contemporary contrast and sparkle. Set in 18k rose gold, the flexibility cuff bracelet ensures comfort for effortless wearability and safety, merging the essence of ancient art with modern craftsmanship.

“The poetic, woman-powered Tanit jewelry is as historically important and collectible as it is beautiful.”

@Bijouxreview

Tanit Ring 20mm bronze coin

The Tanit ring exudes elegance with a captivating 20 mm bronze coin hailing from the esteemed Carthaginian Empire, minted in Sardinia during the period of circa 300-264 BC. Meticulously set in lustrous 18 karat rose gold, the coin is further embellished with the dazzling radiance of 28 black diamonds.

Depicted on the coin is the worshipped goddess Tanit, adorned with a wreath of barley and leaves, a necklace with pendants, and an earring with three pendants. Tanit held a position of great significance as the chief deity of ancient Carthage, located in present-day Tunisia (see Story). Carthage, once a Phoenician colony, flourished into the formidable Punic Empire, exerting its dominance over vast regions of the Southwest Mediterranean during the first millennium BC.

Her portrait shows her as a strong-willed, fierce young woman. The coin is preserved in an exceptionally fine condition (XF), allowing for intricate details of Tanit’s features and jewellery to be admired. The reverse shows the horse’s bust, facing to the right, with pellet and crescent. Its exquisite brown patina further adds to its allure, showcasing its timeless beauty.

The key difference between old and new is, quite simply, that antique pieces possess a soul. Once chosen we study, research and sample materials to achieve a desired texture or colour to match the coin.

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This extraordinary Nikè cuff bracelet features an 18 mm silver Denarius, minted in 108-107 BC under L. Valerius Flaccus during the era of the Roman Republic. Graded as very fine (VF), this coin carries a unique patina and signs of some erosion, testament to its journey through time, enhancing its individuality and character.

The coin depicts a draped bust of Nikè, the goddess of victory, her divine wings unfurling behind her. Her hair is elegantly tied back into a knot and she wears a beautiful pearl necklace and pendant earrings. A barred X lies below her chin, as a mark of value. On the reverse the god Mars is stepping forward, holding a spear and a trophy. This coin evokes the victories of Rome.

Set in opposition to this coin, and completing this elegant cuff-bracelet, is a representation of Nikè’s iconic wing, meticulously adorned with 26 silver-grey diamonds. This detail adds a touch of radiance and symbolism to the piece. The design of this cuff-bracelet, expertly crafted in 18k yellow gold, ensures flexibility and comfort for effortless wearability and safety. This elegant and timeless cuff-bracelet with its sophisticated design is a wearable and meaningful piece of history. It invites the wearer to carry forward the essence of NIkè in her personal life.

As rare as precious stones, ancient coins are only sourced from reputable numismatic dealers and auction houses. Each piece in the Tanit Collection comes with a certificate of authenticity and is engraved with the name of the goddess, nymph or ruler represented and the date and location of the coin’s minting.

The Faustina Choker is a tribute to the remarkable Roman empress Faustina the Elder, celebrated for her dignified status as Augusta and her influential deeds. She left an enduring legacy behind. Faustina was compassionate and empowering, dedicating her life to supporting the less fortunate and advocating for the education of girls in Rome. Her iconic hairstyle, characterised by braids coiled into an elegant bun, set a trend of Roman fashion.

A silver coin, 18 mm in diameter, encased in an 18k yellow gold bezel, is set opposite to a gold disk, shimmering with a pavé of 40 silver-grey diamonds of varying sizes. The coin itself, a 12h denarius, features on one side the dignified profile of Faustina, and on the reverse, the figure of Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family. Vesta’s depiction is rare, veiled and regal, holding a simpulum in her right hand and palladium in her left. She symbolises the warmth and sanctity of domestic life in ancient Rome. The design allows for the coin to be reversed, showcasing Vesta and adding a versatile elegance to the piece. Crafted for comfort and elegance, the Faustina Choker is flexible for effortless wearability.

In 140-141 CE, after the early death of his beloved wife, emperor Antoninus Pius had a series of coins minted by the Roman moneyers, ranging from modest bronze to more substantial bronze denominations, and from silver to gold. All were stamped with her visage and title DIVA FAVSTINA (“Divine Faustina”). This initiative made everyone, from rich to poor, aware of the importance of the goddess Fausitna, spreading her fame across the Roman Empire.

These artefacts span thousands of years. With each coin in our possession, we become their custodians, their curators, of an irreplaceable piece of cultural heritage, not to possess but to preserve and pass on to the next generations in an unbroken chain of history that stretched back to the ages.

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This stupendous Fortuna ring features a Roman carnelian intaglio (12.5 x 16 x 1.5 mm) dating from the first or second century AD, set in 18 karat rose gold, with an imprint of the goddess Fortuna as it would appear in wax, and adorned with 28 vibrant orange sapphires.

The carnelian intaglio depicts Fortuna, the Roman goddess of fortune and abundance, holding a cornucopia, the horn of plenty, symbolising wealth and prosperity. The rudder at her feet represents her ability to steer and alter the fate of individuals. This impressive intaglio, originally used as a seal instead of a signature, once belonged to a wealthy individual in the Roman Empire and is a testament to their status and taste.
To showcase the exact appearance of the imprint in wax, we have recreated it in lustrous gold. The orange sapphires, carefully chosen for their vibrant colour, add a captivating pop of hue to this remarkable ring, enhancing its allure and beauty.

Intaglios have a rich history as personal seals used long before the practice of signing documents became commonplace. These intricately carved images in reverse in hard materials, such as glass or gemstones, were set in signet rings and pressed into hot wax to leave their owner’s mark. They were highly valued as treasured possessions, with symbols chosen carefully to reflect personal meaning, making them a significant piece of jewellery.

Our Fortuna ring is a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship and timeless elegance of intaglios, with the added touch of luxury from the use of gold and dazzling orange sapphires. The power and symbolism of Fortuna comes to life in this remarkable piece of jewellery, that can be yours to own.

The history and integrity of each coin is very important to us. No modifications are made, and the structure of every coin remains unaltered.

Crafted with exceptional attention to detail, the Demeter ring features a rare 20 mm silver coin from the ancient city-state of Metapontion in Magna Graecia. This stunning coin dates back to circa 400-350 BC and is set in 18 karat frosted yellow gold, adorned with 35 grey sapphires that add a touch of elegance and sophistication.
The front side of the coin showcases the goddess Demeter, who is depicted wearing a fashionable head scarf called sphendone, which was in vogue from about 500-330 BC. The sphendone was worn low to cover the hair, tied in a bun, and leave the crown of the head exposed. Demeter is also adorned with a necklace and an earring featuring a long pendant. On the reverse side of the coin, an ear of barley, the pride and prosperity of the city-state, is depicted.
As the Greek goddess of the harvest and agriculture, Demeter presided over crops, grains, food, and the fertility of the earth. Metapontion, a Greek colony in Southern Italy, enjoyed rapid growth and considerable prosperity due to the fertility of its land. Hence, the choice of Demeter as the icon on this coin is quite evident. The coins of Metapontion are renowned for their exquisite workmanship, and this rare, very fine coin is no exception.

Individually crafted by our master-goldsmiths, each piece is a unique, wearable work of art with a timeless appeal.

Crafted with a reverence for ancient history, this exceptional necklace showcases a bronze coin minted in Carthage, circa 215-201 BC. The coin, preserved in very fine (VF) condition and measuring 21.5 mm in diameter, features the head of Tanit, the city’s revered deity, on the obverse. Looking to the left, she is adorned with a wreath of grain. On the reverse, a horse stands to the right while looking left beneath a star, symbolising the strength and spirit of Carthage.

The horse carries significant meaning in Carthaginian mythology, being linked to the city’s founding legend involving Queen Dido, also known as Alyssa. When Dido and her followers were building Carthage’s foundations, they discovered a horse’s skull, seen as an auspicious omen. It symbolised the strength, prosperity, and resilience of the future city, becoming an emblem of fertility and power. The horse’s inclusion on the coin honours this legacy of Carthage’s past.

To celebrate this rich heritage, our artisans have tastefully encircled the bezel in 18k rose gold around Tanit with 21 black diamonds, meticulously set in star-cut shapes. The pendant is reversible, allowing wearers to choose either the Tanit side or the horse side. The elegant necklace is a timeless tribute to Carthage’s illustrious past and its powerful goddess Tanit.

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“Each piece of the Tanit collection is truly one-of-a-kind and this to me is the real essence of preciousness.”

Renilde Vervoort

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Coins were minted across various locations in the Carthaginian Empire. This bronze coin, an exceptionally rare example minted in Palermo – a city founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC – dates back to 336-330 BC. This flourishing merchant colony, known as “Ziz,” meaning “flower” in Punic, produced this stunning 23 mm bronze coin. The Punic inscription 𐤑𐤉𐤑 (Ziz) can be seen the lower right part of the coin. On its obverse, the coin displays a beautifully detailed profile of the goddess Tanit, wreathed and featuring a deep green patina, while on the reverse, a galloping horse and a star represent symbols of Carthage.

The coin is classified as extremely fine (EF) but has an irregular flan, two cuts that would still be seen when we set the coin in its gold bezel. To preserve Tanit’s exquisite portrait, we extended the gold bezel and set black diamonds to cover the gaps while maintaining the coin’s full aesthetic. This ensures that the artefact’s numismatic and historical value remains intact.

Opposite the coin, a flower motif—referring to the Punic name of the thriving city – is paved with black diamonds and black rhodium, offering a striking contrast and modern flair. Set in 18k rose gold, the flexible cuff bracelet blends ancient artistry with contemporary design and craftsmanship, ensuring both comfort and security.

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Carefully selected antique bronze and silver coins, which had been left to gather dust in forgotten safes, have been resurrected in unique pieces of jewellery.

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This rare and significant AR Diobol coin from ancient Tarentum (modern-day Taranto) in Southern Apulia, minted c. 380-325 BC., is set within a stunning 18 karat rose gold hand-bracelet, adorned with 15 grey diamonds. The bracelet’s contemporary and unexpected design was specially commissioned to harmoniously blend ancient heritage with a modern, edgy aesthetic. Its adjustable nature makes it effortlessly elegant and easy to wear.

The obverse of the coin features Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare, facing right and wearing a crested helmet adorned with the mythical sea monster Scylla. Scylla is depicted hurling a boulder at a ship, symbolising divine protection and maritime strength integral to Tarentum’s identity. As the foremost maritime power and key commercial port of Magna Graecia, Tarentum maintained a strong naval presence on the Ionian Sea. The reverse showcases Heracles (known as Hercules in Roman mythology), standing and strangling the Nemean Lion, suggesting that the city, like Heracles, feared no enemies. The imagery serves as a protective emblem.

The bracelet’s contemporary design combines edgy elegance with the rich traditions of hand-bracelets in South Asia and Asia Minor. This unexpected fusion creates a distinctive piece that marries ancient symbolism with modern aesthetics, making it a statement accessory that reflects both timeless heritage and innovative craftsmanship.

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These coins offer a unique window to the past, spanning many centuries and cultures. Each coin is carefully selected for its beauty and rarity and then set into an elegant, modern piece of jewellery designed to enhance its beauty, patina, and symbolism.

The Histiaia Ring showcases an extremely fine (EF) silver tetrobol coin from Euboia, minted between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. This coin beautifully depicts the nymph Histiaia in profile, wearing a necklace and earring, with her hair rolled up in a sphendone, wreathed with vine leaves and grapes. The wreath represents Euboia’s rich wine-producing heritage, highlighting its ancient significance as a center for viticulture.

The nymph Histiaia gave her name to the ancient city, as she was associated with the vital spring or river that played a crucial role in sustaining the city. This connection between the natural water source and the city’s prosperity emphasised her importance in local mythology and the reverence she held in ancient society. Histiaia became a notable city-state in ancient Greece. It held an essential role in maritime trade and was known for its agricultural prosperity, especially in wine production. 

The coin is expertly set in an innovative, open setting where the band mimics frosted 18-karat yellow gold vines intertwined with highly polished gold grapes. Some of these grapes are delicately set with grey diamonds, totalling eleven in all, and are embedded in 5.50 grams of yellow gold. This carefully crafted ring merges the ancient past with contemporary design, creating a distinctive and striking piece.

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Whether you are as enthusiastic about antique artefacts as we are or not, there is an enthralling charm in wearing a bejeweled piece of history that dates back thousands of years.

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The two silver coins, minted by notable moneyers in the Roman Republic, are carefully set in polished yellow gold and frosted yellow gold on the half-spheres, creating a beautiful contrast. The Roma Denarius was minted by Lucius Saufeius in 152 BC, while the she-wolf Denarius was minted in 77 BC by Publius Satrienus.

The earrings are a testament to the historical significance of the goddess Roma and the she-wolf in Roman culture. Roma, personifying the city of Rome and the Roman State, was often depicted as a symbol of strength and power, wearing a winged helmet that represents victory. The she-wolf, on the other hand, was a symbol of Rome’s legendary origins and nurturing care, as depicted in the myth of Romulus and Remus. The combination of these symbols in the earrings is meaningful and reflects the importance of these figures in Roman history.

The use of silver coins from the Roman Republic further adds to the historical significance of the earrings. A Denarius was the standard silver coin used in Rome during that period, and moneyers like Lucius Saufeius and Publius Satrienus were entrusted with the responsibility of controlling the coin production process, including designing the coins themselves. Owning these coins in the form of earrings carries a sense of connection to the rich history of Rome.

The backside of the Roma coin depicts the goddess Victory riding a biga (a two-horse chariot) to the right, with the inscription in exergue of the moneyer’s signature and ROMA, very fine (VF) condition. The backside of the she-wolf coin featuring the helmeted goddess Roma is equally considered very fine (VF), reinforcing the connection between the goddess Roma and the founding myth of Rome in the form of the she-wolf.

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Tanit bridges millennia, linking ancient civilisations to the personal narratives of today’s wearer. These artefacts are echoes of past lives that resonate deeply with the individuals who choose them today. The Tanit collection offers one-of-a-kind creations, a unique fusion of art, history, and impeccable craftsmanship. Every Tanit piece becomes an emblem of personal significance and cherished heirlooms, entwining the wearer’s own story with the timeless tales of the past.

The Histiaia earrings are a remarkable showcase of ancient Greek coins from the city of Histiaia on the island of Euboia. These coins, minted in the third century BC, depict the nymph Histiaia and are set in frosted yellow gold with ear-clips that have fold-down posts for ease of wearing.

On the front side of the coins, Histiaia is depicted looking to the right, adorned with a sphendone (head scarf), a vine wreath, earrings, and a necklace. On the reverse side, she is seated on the stern of a galley with billowing sails. Histiaia was believed to inhabit a spring in the city of Histiaia.

We managed to obtain two coins minted at the same time, however, one was struck off-centre (VF). To restore the face of Histiaia to her full beauty, a millennia-old technique of lost wax was used to recreate the missing part of her profile. A wax-imprint was made from the other finely minted coin, and new silver was poured to complete the missing part of her profile. The restored silver was carefully nestled against the original, unaltered coin, intentionally showing the difference between the freshly poured silver and the ancient silver. This sensitive restoration honours the past, while bringing a new dimension to these truly unique earrings.

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Setting a coin in a piece of jewellery requires special care to preserve its numismatic value. Sassi’s expert artisans mount every coin between two bezels—often following irregular contours—and implement ingenious designs so that the reverse of the coin is also exposed.

The Roma ring is a unique piece of jewellery that features an 18 mm silver coin minted in 77 BC. The coin depicts the she-wolf facing left, with her right forepaw raised, and the inscription “ROMA” above and “P·SATRIE/NVS” in the exergue.

The she-wolf is an iconic symbol of Rome, representing the legendary founders of the city, Romulus and Remus, who were nursed by a she-wolf after being abandoned as infants.

The coin is set in an 18 karat yellow gold ring, with the arches of an aqueduct on the sides, paying homage to the engineering marvels of Roman aqueducts. Aqueducts were crucial for supplying water to the city centres, enabling the Romans to enjoy amenities such as public toilets, underground sewage systems, ornate fountains, and public baths. The aqueducts, first developed around 312 BC, used gravity to transport water over long distances, some as far as 100 km, and many are still standing today.

The coin itself is a Denarius minted by Publius Satrienus, a notable moneyer in the Roman Republic. The obverse of the coin is visible and depicts the helmeted head of Roma facing right. The coin is considered scarce and is in a very fine condition (VF) with a beautiful patina, adding to its historical and numismatic value.

Overall, the Roma ring is a significant piece of jewellery that combines historical symbolism, architectural inspiration, and numismatic artistry, representing the rich cultural heritage and achievements of ancient Rome.

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Owning a coin is not just owning a piece of history, but also a piece of art that has survived the test of time, bearing witness to the craftsmanship and creativity of ancient civilizations that have long since passed into memory.

The coins in our Histiaia earrings were struck between 338-304 BC and 267-168 BC. The nymph Histiaia is shown in profile, wearing a necklace and an earring, hair rolled up in a sphendone, wreathed with vine leaves and grapes. On the reverse Histiaia is seated on the stern of a galley, sails blowing in the wind.

The coins are set in frosted yellow gold and encircled by polished yellow gold, allowing a certain movement of the coin as if the galley is moving. Our master artisans have meticulously applied the ancient technique of gold granulation on the half-spheres that support the posts, not just as a design element but referring to the millennia old technique of skill, passion and heritage.⁠

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We imagine a setting that will enhance the colour, patina, shape and symbolism, so as to create a piece of jewellery that, although sensitive to historical narrative and context, in its style is unmistakably contemporary.

This Tanit ring features an exceptionally rare and superb silver quarter of a shekel that was minted in the city of Carthage around 220-210 BC, measuring 14 mm in diameter. The goddess Tanit is depicted, looking to the left, adorned with a crown of wheat, a necklace, and a single-drop earring, showcasing her regal and divine presence. The reverse of the coin features a standing horse looking to the right. The coin is set in a ring made of 18 karat yellow gold, surrounded by 75 blue-grey sapphires, adding a captivating and mesmerising sparkle. The ring is designed to be reversible, allowing you to wear it from both sides, showcasing either the goddess Tanit or the elegant horse design.

Tanit was the most highly regarded goddess in the Tyrian colony of Carthage, and her worship became popular in the Western Mediterranean region after the separation between Carthage and Tyre in the fifth century BC. As the chief deity of Carthage, Tanit was believed to be the protector of the city and its people, associated with fertility, abundance, and feminine power.

Not only does this exquisite Tanit ring showcase the beauty of the rare coin featuring the goddess and the horse, symbol for Carthage, but it also pays homage to the rich history and culture of the Phoenician empire and civilisation. The wonderful patina on the coin adds a sense of antiquity and mystique to the ring, making it a truly exceptional piece of jewellery that embodies the symbol of feminine power and elegance. With its reversible design, captivating history, and exquisite craftsmanship, this remarkable ring is the perfect statement piece to be cherished for generations to come.

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The Athena necklace is a stunning piece of jewellery that features a Roman carnelian intaglio (14 x 10.4 x 2.7 mm) dating back to the second century AD. The intaglio is carved with great skill and precision, depicting the goddess Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage and strategic warfare. In the intaglio, Athena is shown standing, leaning on a column with her shield at her feet, while holding the aegis, a symbol of her divine power and protection. She is also wearing a helmet, symbolising her prowess in war.

The intaglio is set in an 18 karat rose gold bezel, adorned with blue sapphires, a wonderful colour contrast and complementing the warm hues of the carnelian. The imprint of the intaglio in gold shows the exact appearance and fine details of the carved image, as the imprint in wax. The necklace is designed to be versatile, offering multiple ways to wear it. It can be worn as a lariat, above the gold imprint or below, with the Sassi lock hooked in the chain wherever the wearer desires, or as a sautoir, with the option to attach it to a foldable eyelet, invisible if not in use.

The gold Sassi lock, with its shortened logo in an S-shape, is inspired by ancient Roman and Greek antique locks used in jewellery. The use of the Sassi lock in the Athena necklace adds a functional aspect to the piece, allowing it to be worn as a lariat or sautoir.

The combination of the Roman carnelian intaglio, the rose gold bezel, blue sapphires, and the gold Sassi lock creates a harmonious blend of ancient and contemporary aesthetics in the Athena necklace. It is a testament to the enduring appeal and inspiration drawn from the art and culture of the past, reinterpreted in a modern and luxurious piece of jewellery.

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Tanit Larissa necklace

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this necklace is a tribute to Larissa, the nymph who lent her name to the local spring and the city of Larissa, which – then and now – remains the capital and heart of Thessaly, Greece. The star of this piece is a remarkable 21 mm bronze coin minted between 305-197 BC, a piece of history frozen in time. Larissa, with her hair elegantly gathered, gazes to the right, exuding grace and determination. On the reverse side, a galloping horseman, spear in hand, is set against a backdrop of a radiant star and the text ΛΑΡΙ-ΣΑΙΩΝ, connecting it to its origins.

Our artisans have tastefully set this very fine (VF) coin in 18 karat rose gold, adding warmth and timelessness to the piece. The double chain, rhodium-plated in black, is adorned with two gold circles that embrace a pave setting of 78 black diamonds, creating a subtle yet captivating contrast. The necklace is secured with our signature gold Sassi lock.The S-shaped design of the lock is reminiscent of historical lock designs found in ancient jewellery pieces.

The Larissa necklace is not only a piece of history and art but also represents the enduring spirit of strong, independent women who shape history. It’s a story waiting to be told: Larissa, the nymph, took a stand against the man who wronged her, and her legacy lives on in the city that bears her name – Larissa, the capital and heartbeat of Thessaly, Greece. This necklace is made for women who appreciate the quiet luxury and timeless elegance that Sassi Fine Jewellery represents. Embrace the past and its confidence, because you deserve nothing less.

 

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The Faustina Pendant is a tribute to a remarkable Roman empress whose legacy lives on through the age: Faustina, a woman of grace and wisdom who also received the prestigious title of ‘Augusta’. Her reign was marked by respect, not just for her position, but for her personality and intelligence. Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to noble causes, supporting charities for the less fortunate and championing the education of Roman girls. But it was not just her deeds that left an indelible mark on history; it was also her personal style. Faustina’s distinctive hairstyle, with braids elegantly gathered in a bun behind or atop her head, became an enduring fashion statement, emulated by generations of Roman women.

This pendant captures the essence of Faustina’s personality. At its heart lies a copper coin, 27 mm in diameter, a testament to her husband’s love and devotion: he had these coins struck after her death in 140 to honour her memory. The coin bears the inscription DIVA FAVSTINA, immortalising her as “Divine Faustina”. On the reverse side, the goddess Ceres, veiled and regal, stands holding two grain ears and a torch, symbolising abundance and illumination.

Our artisans have set this treasure in 18-karat frosted rose gold, adorned with 31 champagne and brown diamonds scattered on the right side, adding a subtle yet captivating symbolism. The diamonds symbolize the many lives Faustina touched and the girls she helped. That’s why the diamonds are only in her line of vision. The bail, highly polished, serves as a graceful connection to the pendant. Completing this masterpiece is a blackened silver chain, featuring our signature gold Sassi lock. The lock’s S-shaped design pays homage to historical lock designs found in ancient jewellery, connecting the pendant to a rich tradition of craftsmanship and beauty.

The Faustina Pendant tells the story of a powerful and compassionate empress, truly loved and admired by her husband and her people. It’s a tribute to a remarkable woman and the spirit of Faustina herself – a woman who changed history, one act of kindness at a time.

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The Tanit cuff bracelet showcases an exquisite 18 mm bronze coin from the Carthaginian Empire minted in Sardinia, dating back to circa 300-264 BC. The coin is elegantly encased in 18 karat rose gold, embellished with a pavé-setting that sparkles with 40 black diamonds. The cuff is entirely flexible making it easy to wear and perfectly secure.

The goddess Tanit, wearing a wreath of corn-sprays and foliage, a necklace adorned with pendants, and a triple-pendant earring, was idolised in the ancient city of Carthage, located in present-day Tunisia (see Story). Her worship spanned across the vast expanse of the Punic Empire, with her iconic depictions discovered in various regions of the western Mediterranean, such as Sicily, Malta, Ibiza, Sardinia, Granada, and Cadiz. Tanit was reverenced as the goddess of war, the nurturing mother goddess, and the embodiment of fertility.

The design of the coin draws inspiration from the renowned Arethusa coin of Syracuse (see Story). The features of the goddess, including her jewellery, are intricately preserved, allowing for a meticulous examination of the design. The reverse shows the horse’s bust, facing to the right. The coin’s stunning brown patina adds to its exquisite allure, showcasing its exceptional beauty in a very fine plus (VF+) condition.

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Tanit Isis Cleopatra pendant 28mm bronze coin

The Isis – Cleopatra pendant showcases a remarkable 28 mm bronze coin that was minted in Alexandria during the period of circa 186-175 BC. The coin is tastefully set in 18 karat rose gold adorned with 62 black diamonds that complete the missing circle around Isis. The pendant is suspended from a black rhodium-plated silver chain with a gold Sassi lock. The S-shaped design of the lock is reminiscent of historical lock designs found in ancient jewellery pieces.

Depicted on the coin is Cleopatra I, portrayed as the revered goddess Isis, wearing a wreath of corn or barley and distinctive corkscrew locks.

Cleopatra I was a notable Ptolemaic queen who ascended to power after the unexpected death of her husband in 180 BC. Her son, Ptolemy VI, was crowned king at the tender age of six, and Cleopatra assumed the role of regent. Coins were minted during their joint authority, including the coin featured here.

The powerful goddess Isis was associated with motherhood, the afterlife and life cycles. Cleopatra aligned herself with Isis, often donning the attire of the goddess for ceremonial occasions. Cleopatra utilised the idolatry of Isis to bolster her image as a ruler, and this coin serves as a remarkable testament to her strategic use of religion to maintain her position of power. The coin’s condition is very fine (VF), adding to its significance and allure.

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We quest for ancient artefacts takes us on a journey across the globe, as we seek out coins and intaglios that are imbued with the timeless beauty and strength of women.

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The two silver coins, minted by notable moneyers in the Roman Republic, are carefully set in frosted yellow gold. The fine gold granulation on the half-spheres creates a beautiful contrast. The Roma coin was minted by Pinarius Natta in 155 BC, while the she-wolf coin was minted in 77 BC by Publius Satrienus.

The earrings are a testament to the historical significance of the goddess Roma and the she-wolf in Roman culture. Roma, personifying the city of Rome and the Roman State, was often depicted as a symbol of strength and power, wearing a winged helmet that represents victory. The she-wolf, on the other hand, was a symbol of Rome’s legendary origins and nurturing care, as depicted in the myth of Romulus and Remus. The combination of these symbols in the earrings is meaningful and reflects the importance of these figures in Roman history.

The use of silver coins from the Roman Republic further adds to the historical significance of the earrings. A Denarius was the standard silver coin used in Rome during that period, and moneyers like Panarius Natta and Publius Satrienus were entrusted with the responsibility of controlling the coin production process, including designing the coins themselves. Owning these coins in the form of earrings not only showcases their beauty but also carries a sense of connection to the rich history of Rome.

The attention to detail is evident in the design of the earrings: the posts are attached to half spheres that are decorated with fine gold granules, showcasing the millennia-old technique of granulation that has been passed down through the ages. This adds a touch of intricacy and elegance to the earrings, highlighting the skill and artistry of our goldsmith-artisans.

The backside of the Roma coin by Panarius Natta, depicts the goddess Victory riding a biga (a two-horse chariot) to the right, with the inscription “NAT” below and “ROMA” in the exergue, and is in extremely fine (XF) condition. The backside of the she-wolf coin featuring the helmeted goddess Roma is equally considered extremely fine (XF), reinforcing the connection between the goddess Roma and the founding myth of Rome in the form of the she-wolf.

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The inclusion of an ancient bronze coin from the city of Himera in Sicily, minted around 420-409 BC, adds historical and cultural significance to the flexible cuff bracelet: in 409 BC, the city was destroyed by the Carthaginian army and never rebuilt. The coin’s extremely fine (XF) condition with an attractive dark patina, almost 2,500 years old, indicates its well-preserved state, and is extremely rare.

The nymph Himera is depicted in detail, wearing a sphendone (a headband), a pendant earring, and a double necklace. Nymphs in Greek mythology were considered minor divinities associated with nature and creativity, they were often depicted as beautiful maidens. The laurel wreath on the reverse of the coin, symbolising victory, adds another layer of significance to the bracelet.

The use of 18 karat rose gold and the inclusion of 40 grey sapphires in a pavé setting, along with black rhodium, enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the cuff bracelet. The flexible and comfortable design of the cuff adds to its wearability.

The Himera cuff bracelet with its extremely rare coin, elegant design, and exquisite details, including the fine depiction of the nymph Himera, makes it a unique and meaningful piece of jewellery.

 

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The Nikè ring features a Roman carnelian intaglio dating from the first or second century AD. The intaglio is set in an 18 karat rose gold ring, its design is inspired by Hellenistic models depicting Nikè, the goddess of victory. The intaglio is carved in reverse into a hard gemstone, allowing for the correct image to appear when pressed into a soft material like wax.

The depiction of Nikè in profile with gathered hair and small wings on her shoulders is a delicate and beautiful representation of the goddess. The use of carnelian, a gemstone, adds to the preciousness of the ring. The imprint of the intaglio in gold, as it would appear in a wax seal, gives it a unique touch to the design.

The history and significance of intaglios as personal seals in ancient times adds a layer of intrigue to the Nikè ring. The fact that female representations in intaglios are extremely rare makes this piece even more special, suggesting that it may have belonged to a woman with particular verve and panache.
The small cord design on the ring, reminiscent of ancient Roman jewellery, adds to its overall aesthetic appeal. The use of 18 karat rose gold for the setting complements the carnelian intaglio, creating a harmonious and elegant piece of jewellery.

The Nikè ring is a unique and meaningful piece that combines ancient craftsmanship with modern design, showcasing the beauty of the Roman carnelian intaglio and the symbolic representation of Nikè, the goddess of victory.

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This Tanit pendant is a one-of-a-kind piece that features a 19.8 mm bronze coin from the Carthaginian Empire, which was minted in Sardinia during the period of 300-264 BC. The unique pendant is crafted in 18 karat rose gold and embellished with 36 black diamonds, completing the missing part of the circle. The pendant hangs from a grey rhodium-plated silver chain that is secured with a gold Sassi lock. The lock’s S-shaped design pays homage to the historical lock designs found in ancient jewellery pieces. The exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail make this pendant a stunning piece of jewellery.

The front of the coin showcases the Punic goddess Tanit, wearing a barley leaf wreath, a necklace with drop pendants, and an earring with three long pendants. The reverse of the coin features a profile bust of a horse and a star.

Tanit was a venerated Punic goddess who rose to prominence as the chief deity of Carthage, a powerful Phoenician colony that developed into the Punic Empire, dominating the southwestern part of the Mediterranean during the first millennium BC. According to legend, Queen Alyssa, originally from Tyre in present-day Lebanon, founded the city of Carthage. Tyre was renowned for its production of Tyrian purple, the most expensive natural dye known (see The Secret of Berenice Story) which accounted for the wealth of the empire. The knowledge of making Tyrian purple traveled with the first settlers, and the dye played a significant role in the empire’s trade, requiring the use of coins as a medium of exchange.

Our Tanit pendant is not only a stunning piece of jewellery but also a reflection of the rich history and cultural significance of Carthage and the Phoenician civilisation. The combination of the ancient coin with its exceptional patina, the precious gold and the black diamonds create a unique and meaningful piece of jewellery, a symbol of feminine power, cultural heritage and timeless beauty.

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The Athena bracelet is a remarkable piece of jewellery that features a 23 mm silver coin from Athens, minted around 449-413 BC. The coin is set in 18 karat yellow gold and adorned with 26 grey sapphires. One of the unique features of the bracelet is that it can be worn showing either side of the ancient coin, allowing the wearer to appreciate both the obverse and reverse designs.

The obverse side of the coin depicts Athena, the patron and protectress goddess of Athens, wearing a crested helmet adorned with three olive leaves and a floral scroll. Athena was associated with wisdom, warfare, and craftsmanship, particularly in metalwork. She was believed to assist in the forging of armour and weapons, and was honoured as the embodiment of disciplined and strategic warfare in support of just causes.

The reverse side of the coin features the owl of Athena, which was the iconic symbol of the Athenian polis and represented wisdom. The owl is shown with an olive sprig and crescent moon, further emphasising Athena’s association with wisdom and the Athenian reverence for the olive tree, which was considered sacred to the city.

This type of coin was widely circulated in ancient Greece from about 510-338 BC and facilitated trade throughout the region due to its consistent value. Athens had its own silver mines, which allowed them to mint these coins and establish them as a reliable currency. The coin was not only adopted by many other city-states in Greece, but also in other areas such as Asia Minor, Magna Graecia, and Greek colonial cities in the Mediterranean. It even spread to other parts of Asia through the conquests of Alexander the Great, making it the first international currency.

The historical significance of this type of coin is further enhanced by the belief that it may have been the type of coin that Judas received when he betrayed Jesus Christ, as mentioned in the Bible. This adds to the rich history and cultural significance of the Athena bracelet, making it a truly unique piece of jewellery.

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"I do love my bracelet and have been wearing it daily, a gentle reminder of the virtues Athena represents."

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