Authentic Roman coin Silver Bracelet depicting Emperor Hadrian
- • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Authentic Roman Coin 2nd Cent. AD • Band material: Sterling Silver 925
A Roman coin from the 2nd century AD, depicting emperor Hadrian, has been set in this sterling silver bracelet, made entirely by hand by our goldsmiths. The backside of the bracelet ends with two very important symbols in Roman history: Solomon's knot and the alpha and omega Christogram. For the Romans, Solomon's knot was a symbol of everlasting union: two rings intertwined, inseparable, an eternal bond, despite the perpetual changing of all things. It was a fundamental decorative symbol, an expression of distant worlds but united by the same strength: we find traces of it in the mosaics of ancient Ostia and Pompeii. The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, symbol of Christianity, was used by the emperors who converted to Christianity. Constantine in 315 placed the Christogram on a medallion of the mint of Pavia. After Constantine's death, this symbol was used by Constant, Constantine's only son to have been baptized. Hadrian is remembered for his travels, building projects, and efforts to tie together the far-flung outposts of the Roman empire. He was a well-educated aesthete who left behind several poems. Signs of his reign remain in several buildings, including the Temple of Rome and Venus, and he rebuilt the Pantheon, which had been destroyed by a fire during the reign of his predecessor. His own country residence, Villa Adriana, outside Rome, is considered the architectural epitome of the opulence and elegance of the Roman world. Covering seven square miles, it was more of a garden city than a villa, including baths, libraries, sculpture gardens, theaters, alfresco dining halls, pavilions, and private suites, portions of which survived to modern times. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Hadrian's tomb, now called the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, became a burial place for succeeding emperors and was converted into a fortress in the 5th century.