Melissa Braniff Designs, Inc. was created out of a love of fine jewelry and a passion for ancient history. As the designer’s collection of ancient coins grew she wanted to honor the ancient artifacts and showcase them in a beautiful and creative manner. Armed with only a vision and fierce determination, she set out to find artisans who could bring her creations to life.
Melissa Braniff Designs is highly respectful of the integrity of the ancient coins which are the focal point in our jewelry. The coins are certified authentic and are gingerly handled in the construction of each piece. Whether we are molding high carat gold or carefully setting sparkling white diamonds, the coin is never damaged or altered. It remains as it was thousands of years ago. Due to the nature of the irregularity of ancient coins, each piece of jewelry is unique and fabricated by hand. It has been our experience that the wearer connects with the historical story in some way. The jewelry becomes a conversation piece and the story is special to the wearer. We provide certificates of authenticity with each piece and include the historical information that pertains to the coin.
“I find that women today are excited to add a piece of history to their jewelry collection. We do a lot of custom work and I really enjoy the collaboration with the client. I always ask them to show me their 3 favorite pieces and 3 pieces that they wear on a regular basis. Once I get a feel for their style, I encourage them to allow me to create a piece they could wear every day if they want to. The connection to the past is so fascinating to me…I want everyone who wears a piece of my jewelry to feel the wonder and the integrity of the ancients.”