Victorian 14kt Pavé Turquoise + Ruby Snake Bangle Bracelet
An absolutely exquisite turquoise bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in rich, 14kt yellow gold, this fantastic piece portrays a slithering snake whose body curls around the wrist, its head and tail meeting at the center. The surface of the rich gold body is smoothly polished and the ornate head has a beautiful design of pavé set turquoise stones. Two raspberry red rubies represent the serpents eyes and the snake's mouth rests open, providing a place for the hidden clasp. The cabochon turquoise stones vary slightly in size and color and come together, forming a pavé (French for "pavement") set surface along the head. A popular style in the nineteenth century, each turquoise stone is hand and bead set. The bracelet is hinged and fastens at the open mouth, creating a seamless overall design. An unusual piece, the bracelet looks stunning on and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The opening, where a wrist would rest, measures approximately 2 1/8" wide and 2" tall. The width of the bracelet ranges from 1/4" on the underside to 1/2" where the head is.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting and all of the turquoise and ruby stones are intact. The hinge moves easily and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.