An incredible enameled snake bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The snake has been a powerful image since the Victorian era and continues to be popular even in modern jewelry. It has been an inspiration for jewelry design for ages, often used to symbolize eternity, everlasting love, life and protection. This gorgeous piece is made of 14kt yellow gold, and depicts a snake that coils around your wrist to form a buckle-like shape. The engraving and enamel work on the outside surface of the bracelet is simply spectacular. Shimmery sea green and royal blue enameling gives the design a rich, vibrant look with swirled yellow gold detail throughout. The pattern has a lovely floral motif, evident in the leaf-like swirls and delicate flower petals. The top of the piece is decorated with 10 opals, which are held in a raised prong setting. Two luscious rubies depict the snake's eyes and its jagged mouth is slightly parted, revealing its slithering tongue set with three old Rose Cut diamonds. Several small gold symbols appear on the top of the snake's neck and head, including three 6-point stars, a three leaf clover, and a fleur de lys below its eyes. The bracelet is hinged and opens at a push clasp at the side, where a safety chain provides extra security. Both beautiful and impeccably crafted, this magnificent bracelet looks outstanding when worn!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures 2 1/4" wide and 2" tall. The front of the bracelet measures 1/2" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the enameling and the clasp and safety chain are both secure and in good working condition.