Late Victorian 14kt Diamond 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 wonderful gold snake locket from the Late Victorian (ca1900) era! This fantastic locket is made of 14kt rosy yellow gold and has a simple, round design. On the face of the locket is the raised image of a slithering snake, whose tail appears to weave through two holes in the surface. A sparkling diamond is set in the serpent's head, and its body is etched with subtle detail to depict scales. The locket opens to reveal two spaces inside to store special photographs behind removable round frames. A set of monogrammed initials are engraved on the back of the locket in flowing cursive script. At the top of the piece is a simple gold bail, making it easy to hang and wear from a gold chain. This stylish locket is perfect for any snake lover and would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs 1 1/4" long, has a 1" diameter, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is very good. There is some light surface wear to the gold setting, which shows subtle color variation near the center. The engraved scales are now partially faded due to normal wear. Both frames are still intact inside the locket, and the ring for hanging is secure. A natural patina is present inside the locket, which is normal for a Victorian era piece.