Late Victorian 10kt Diamond + Emerald Raised Snake Locket
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.
A gorgeous and unusual diamond snake locket from the Late Victorian (ca1900s) era! This fantastic piece is crafted in rich, blooming 10kt yellow gold and is round in shape. The front of the locket displays the image of a raised and slithering snake, whose body appears to weave through four "ripped holes" along the surface. A sparkling 0.08ctw old Mine Cut diamond is bezel set and clenched within the snakes fangs while a emerald cabochon dots the eye, giving the piece a perfect pop of color. The die struck body of the snake is accented by subtle detail to depict scales, adding a wonderful textural appeal next to the smooth, matte surface. The locket opens on the side to reveal two spaces inside to store special photographs or mementos, if desired and the back displays a smoothly polished surface. A simple round bail stamped with a "10K" gold purity mark rests at the top, perfect for adding to a favorite chain. This stylish late Victorian locket would be wonderful for any snake lover and would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 1 3/8" long (including the bail at the top), measures about 1" tall and wide, and is about 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting, however there are two slight indentations on the back, which are not noticeable when worn because of their location. The diamond is intact and securely set and the bail and locket mechanism are secure and in good working condition. The emerald remains securely set, however, it does appear to have a chip along the surface, not noticeable by the naked eye.