My Interest in Ancient Roman & Greek Coins
Even as a child growing up I had always been interested in ancient history, at first by watching motion pictures and later by reading about it. In particular, I took a keener interest in the civilizations of Greece and Rome. As a consequence Of my studies I came to realize how very much like the ancients we actually are.
We in the western world share the legacy of those ancient Greeks and Romans In fact, the text you are reading is written with the Latin Alphabet and much of the English Language
has Latin roots.
The thought of owning a genuine ancient artifact, especially one having artistic merit led me to the study of ancient coins. Classical coinage is one of the few art forms to survive the final breakup of the Roman Empire because most art associated with Paganism was melted down or broken up. As a young adult I began to collect ancient coins and always wanted to wear one around my neck as a pendent. However, the ancient coin jewelry available in the marketplace never seemed right. They were either mounted on cheap bezels held on with clamps or overworked by jewelers who treated them as though they were gems. Some years ago I took basic and advanced courses in metal fabrication and developed the technique I use today. I treat the coins as the works of art that they are and consider my job to be the person responsible for making the frames.
Genuine ancient Greek and Roman coins are fashioned into “wearable art” without the destructive use of heat, chemicals or abrasives. Polish is applied to the mountings but never to the coins which are chosen on the basis of quality, eye appeal and historical interest. All my work is attributed and includes associated historical information.
I have always been excited by the prospect of owning a genuine ancient art object. sharing that excitement is something that I have become passionate about. I have been encouraged by fellow artists as well as by gallery owners and their clients. My mission is to create in each piece, an educational, one of a kind work of ancient wearable art that can be enjoyed by
both men and women.