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Remember Pope Benedict's reign with this pendant! The piece features a gold plated 50 euro cent coin with the Pope's image on one side and an 18K gold bail. Put this on your favorite chain to keep the holy man close to your heart!

Pendant Details

  • Metal:
  • Coin: 18K gold plated genuine euro cent coin
  • Bail: 18K gold
  • Measurements: 1-1/4"L x 1"W x 1/16"H
  • Country of Origin: Italy
History of Coin Jewelry
Wearing coins as jewelry is practically as ancient as the first coins themselves! For centuries, people have been wearing coin jewelry as a way to display their wealth or showcase their passion for the coins they've collected. Ancient Egyptians adorned their soldiers with coin jewelry featuring imperial portraits, while the Roman Empire valued pendants that were emblazoned with coins mounted for easy removal.

Coin jewelry is divided into two different categories: whole coins versus cut coins. Whole coin jewelry features complete, unaltered coins set into a particular ornament; Cut coin jewelry – which first appeared in the 1600s – features coins that have been altered through carving or engraving. To cut a coin, a craftsman would pierce it with small holes until the main figure was released. In the period from the late 1800s to World War II, coins began to be etched and decorated by hand (in lieu of being cut). Because they were personalized with floral motifs and initials, they became known as "sweetheart jewelry".

Today, the increasing popularity of coin jewelry is the result of a trend that began centuries ago. So instead of tucking coins away in drawers or boxes, why not proudly display and enjoy them? By mounting coins in jewelry, belt buckles, key chains, or money clips, they will be showcased and honored in a way that conveys a respect for history, an affirmation of heritage, and a reflection of values.

About the Collection
Step out onto the most famous avenues of Italy with Viale18K® Italian Gold, a rich collection of 18K gold jewelry designed and forged in the heart of Italy. The sophisticated pieces of this exclusive collection are for those who desire the prestige that comes with decadent and luxurious 18K gold.

From the elegance and luxury of the famous artisans of Vicenza, the Viale18K® Italian Gold collection is inspired by the most luxurious avenues and exclusive shops of Italy. 18K gold is considered the expectation for jewelry in Italy. Each fine piece showcases the best that Italy has to offer with masterfully crafted links and weaves and intensive gemstones for an elegant look you can wear every day.

Join Wendi Russo as she reveals the stories behind this immaculate collection. Adorn yourself in true gold artistry, a piece to cherish and treasure for a lifetime. Nothing radiates like Italian gold, and now it can be yours with Viale18K® Italian Gold jewelry.

Wendi RussoAbout the Guest
For nearly two decades, Wendi Russo has been shopping alongside you and sharing her jewelry expertise. With certifications as a Colored Stone and Diamond Grader as well as Jewelry Professional with the Gemological Institute of America, her dedication to the jewelry industry is unparalleled. Through her years of travel around Italy, she developed a passion and personal connection to the culture that she loves to share with others. Wendi brings you the latest Italian jewelry trends while also sharing the beautiful history of the country. She believes that every woman should feel confident and beautiful in the jewelry they wear.