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.
An outstanding turquoise snake bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful bangle is crafted in 12k gold and topped in silver. Covering the surface of the serpent bracelet is a stunning pavé Persian turquoise design, which features delicate cabochon stones that display a range of natural sky blue and sea green colors. The snake's tail and body wrap around the wrist, overlapping at the front to form a stacked design. Its head rests at the center with two small rubies representing its eyes. Dangling from the snake's mouth is a sweet turquoise encrusted heart-shaped charm, giving this bracelet a little extra movement. A hinged push clasp rests at the side, allowing the piece to open comfortably and fasten securely shut. A safety chain has also been installed for extra security. When worn, the bracelet makes a spectacular statement piece, and is perfect for the snake lover or serious antique jewelry collector!
Measurements: The bracelet's interior circumference measures approximately 6", making this bracelet ideal for a smaller wrist size. The bracelet at widest measures approximately 1.5".
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver-topped gold setting. The turquoise and ruby cabochons are intact. The bracelet opens easily and fastens securely shut. A natural patina rests on the surface of the setting, which is normal for antique jewelry.