Behind the Design

The Story of the Roman Arc

While the ancient Romans may have coined the design, we were the first to bring this classic pendant back to life. The original Missoma Icon, get to know our Lucy Williams x Missoma Roman Arc Coin Necklace.

A History Lesson On Coin Necklaces

Beginning in 269 B.C., Roman coins of various sizes were crafted in bronze, gold and silver. These coins were minted in over 40 different cities – the name of the Rome mint being Juno Monet, which is where we get the term ‘money’ from. Striking it rich or what.

While men would often wear coin rings, bearing the face of the ruling emperor to draw attention and show their status, Roman women preferred to wear necklaces, earrings and bracelets. When in Rome (or just dreaming of Italy) we do as the Romans do.

Love, Lucy

Our longest-standing jewellery collaboration, we’ve been designing with Lucy Williams for over seven years, producing four sell-out collections. The partnership sees the coming together of Lucy’s much sought-after style, and our iconic design. After the incredible success of the original collection – featuring the now iconic Large Horn and Mini Fang necklaces – ​who else could help us give amulet status symbols the 21st century touch with a fresh interpretation?

How This Missoma Icon's Made

Every hour a Roman Arc Coin Necklace flies from Missoma HQ to you. Now that's an Icon that's stood the test of time.

January 2017

Lucy goes on a birthday trip to Rome and is inspired by the ancient iconography she finds there.

February 2017

By chance, our founder Marisa finds vintage coins on London's Portobello Road, somewhere the two women both love visiting and perusing the knick-knacks.

March 2017

Cast from an old Roman coin, we design our Roman Arc Coin Necklace in-house in our London studio.

October 2017

The Lucy Williams x Missoma Roman Collection is officially born, featuring coin pendants and Roman-inspired designs brought back to life in tones of gold and silver.


The best selling Roman Arc Coin Necklace is now available in silver.


We make the pendant engravable so you can make yours one-of-a-kind. Did someone say the ultimate gift?

Three Ways To Wear

  1. Go Solo

Coin necklaces are a timeless staple in your jewellery wardrobe, that shine brightly enough on their own. Nail your minimalist styling with this single focal point.

  1. Group Hang

Want to maximise the look? Team with a chunky, more modern choker – such as our Axiom Necklace – to bring some balance to your layering and highlight its ancient iconography even further.

  1. Make It A Set

So good we made it part of our layering sets. Our favourite? Shop the Roman Arc alongside a flat curb chain and malachite style that completes the trio (but we all know the coin is still the leader of the pack).

Roman Arc Coin Necklace, £145 | Lucy Williams Roman Coin Malachite Necklace Set, £395 | Lucy Williams Coin Chain Necklace Set, £305

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