Edwardian English 15kt Jelly Opal Snake Bracelet
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 fabulous gold snake bracelet from the Edwardian era (ca1910) is simply marvelous! Made of 15kt gold (indicating English origin), this beautiful piece has a smooth 3-dimensional body that wraps around the wrist, overlapping in the front. The head of the snake is set with an alluring jelly opal in the center, and two delicate rose cut diamonds represent its eyes. The jelly opal cabochon is quite alluring, displaying a range of iridescent colors that appear to flash and glow in the light. The bangle bracelet fastens with a unique clasped design. The piece is hinged at the sides, and opens in two places at the front. The tip of the tail rests securely within the top of the piece, and the head of the snake has a hook latch underneath to secure it in place. When worn, the tail should be opened first, followed by the head, then clasped while on the wrist. Stamped on the underside of the snake's head is "15." A beautiful and very unusual piece, the bracelet is perfect for the snake lover and would make a fantastic addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The bracelet opening (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/8" wide and 1 7/8" tall. The bracelet measures 3/16" thick at the back, and is 3/8" wide at the front where the head overlaps.
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 jelly opal and accent diamonds, all of which are intact. The hinges and clasps are secure and in good working condition.