Victorian 10kt French Paste Snake Bangle 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.
French paste is a vintage jewelry term used to describe the practice of using faceted cut glass, cut in the shape of a real gemstone, instead of using gems. This process, which was developed in the 1700s, created the look of a sparkling gemstone or diamond but cost much less than real stones.
A fabulous gold snake bracelet from the Victorian era (ca1880)! Made of vibrant 10kt yellow gold, this stylish piece has an artistic snake design decorated with colorful French paste accents. A slithering snake coils around the wrist and loops at the front, its tail and body forming a woven pretzel shape. Its head emerges at the center, and is carved with a scrolled motif that lends a wonderful texture to the otherwise smooth design. A large French paste stone is bezel set at the center of its head, displaying a vivid green color that resembles an emerald. Two deep red cabochons represent each of the snake's eyes. The bracelet is hinged and fastens with a secure push clasp at the side. When worn, it makes a substantial statement piece and is perfect for any snake lover's collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/4" wide and about 1 7/8" tall. It would fit nicely on a medium/average sized wrist. The centerpiece measures 1 1/4" tall and 1 3/4" wide. The back of the bangle measures 3/8" wide and 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or to the French paste stones, which are secure and intact. The push clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition.