Silvio looked up. “Is it time for another Snap Shot?” he asked. “As a matter of fact,” he continued, “It was a dark and stormy night…” He laughs.
Several ancient coins sit on the corner of the display case. Silvio has just received them. “They represent the Madonna and Child,” he explains, “These are original medieval coins from Hungary, dating from between the 1400’s and 1600’s. There were political and religious conflicts between Turkey and Hungary at the time. The symbolism of the Madonna and Child was a political and religious statement.”
“The Thrace, that is the coin with the horse on it, dates back to 350 BC and is from Northern Greece. That is during the time of Alexander the Great. I have coins representing him and coins that represent his father. These are originals also. They are minted in bronze. Wearing coins was a way to show wealth.”
“It is a thrill to work with old coins. They look spectacular with gold. It gives a good contrast. I use 22-karat gold around coins because it is malleable and hugs the coin without marking it when you shape it”
Silvio makes earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets with old coins. Customers bring in coins from their own collections, including some that have been handed down to them from previous generations or other pieces they have collected over time or during their travels. The resulting jewelry is quite stunning and powerful.
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