One of the many special things about the SCA is that we get to be nostalgic. Which is not something you always get to do with re-enactment. And what I mean by nostalgic is that we can display those symbols associated with awards that have been bestowed upon us in a not so always historical manner.
A Cygnus is an AoA level award for service to the Kingdom of Northshield.
This necklace was made for the elevation of a laurel with a Roman Persona. It is based on extant find.
The griffon is one of the symbol of Northshield.