Retro Sterling & Garnet Flexible Snake Necklace
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 fantastic snake necklace from the Retro era (ca1940) will delight any serpent lover! Made of sterling silver, the necklace has a flexible design that forms the body of a 3-dimensional snake. Its tail has a coiled appearance with a springy design that extends slightly when pulled, sometimes called a "gooseneck" chain. At the front of the necklace, the snake's neck and tail are intertwined, its head emerging from the center of a knot. Two luscious garnets represent each of its eyes, and a split tongue peaks out from its parted mouth. The necklace fastens securely at the back with a push clasp disguised within the design. Stamped on the tongue of the clasp are two small hallmarks. A very stylish design, it would look perfect worn every day as a unique statement piece!
Measurements: The necklace measures 19" long, though the gooseneck design extends up to 21" long when stretched. The coiled body is 3/16" thick, and the snake's head measures 1/4" wide and 1/2" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling gooseneck chain or engraved detail. Both garnet gemstones are intact. The push clasp is secure and in good working condition. There is a natural darkened patina on the surface of the silver, which is normal for a vintage piece and adds depth to the design.