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This solid silver pendant features a genuine Celtic silver coin that was struck by the Iceni tribe in Iron Age Britain around 2000 years ago!
Although we will never know who’s hands the coin passed through, or what it was used to buy, it is still a tangible, physical link to those long-ago times when Britain was ruled by Celtic chieftains, warrior princesses and pagan druid priests.
The area of Britain in which the coin was found belonged to a Celtic tribe called the Iceni, whom later rebelled against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire under Queen Boudica.
The front of the coin features a stylised image of a horse with an ear of corn as its mane. On the back it has a waxing and waning moon motif. Coins like this one, struck by the Iceni tribe, are often stamped with the letters ‘ECE’ or ‘ECEN’. Historians do not entirely agree on what the letters stand for, but they do dispel any myths that the pre-roman Britons were illiterate.
The coin has been set into a silver pendant, as if it were a precious gem. The mount itself was initially hand carved in wax before having a mould taken from it and being cast in solid silver. The design on the pendant was inspired by the pattern on an ancient shield that was recovered from the River Thames and is now housed in the British Museum.
The finished talisman has been decorated with a green and gold patina, reminiscent of the British landscape, under which the coin had lain hidden for two millennia. A natural, cognac coloured has been set into the silver next to the coin.
The talisman was finally given a Hallmark to prove it is solid sterling silver. The pendant, with its solid silver chain, weighs just over 20g, which is a little under three quarters of an ounce. It measures a little under 3cm, which is a bit over an inch in diameter.
You can find a youtube video about the research and reasoning behind my design for a very similar Celtic talisman pendant and more of the story behind the siver coin it contains at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-WMbUhwIJE
Wearing a piece of Argent Aqua’s fine jewellery identifies you as someone who loves nature and the great outdoors. All of my silver jewellery is made from solid Sterling Silver (silver with a purity of at least 92.5%). It does not contain any nickel, lead or other harmful materials.
I do my best to insure all the raw materials I use have been sourced responsibly and I always price my work honestly.
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