Mechanical Snake Clasp / Pendant

$1,395.00
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Crafted by @circa1700, just unscrew this mechanical snake's enameled collar. Insert charms, close mouth, and screw shut. He'll hold your precious charms safely while adding a totally fierce element to your necklace. String him onto a chain pendant-style or use him as a clasp - he's versatile. This colorway  (14k gold, diamonds, black enamel, and glittering ruby eyes) is an exclusive collaboration between us and our friends, Circa 1700, in Los Angeles. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold, black enamel, 2 x .03ct diamonds, 2 x 2mm rubies. No charms are included with the snake clasp. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made by @circa1700 in Los Angeles. 
  • Size: snake head (without buoy-shaped clasp) measures 1" long. Add the 3/8" diameter clasp and you get 1 3/8" total length. Both parts are included in your order.

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If you didn't inherit a collection of your grandmother's charms, then you've probably amassed some sentimental pieces to commemorate the important moments in your life. I've been thinking a lot about the word "commemorate," and how it relates to memorial jewelry. It seems that when we collect charms, we're using a jewel to partner ("co") with a memory, triggering this memory over and over when we wear/see/touch the jewel. Miriam-Webster's dictionary says:

When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers"). English speakers have been marking the memory of important events with "commemorate" since the late 16th century.

The definition of "charm" is rich with meaning too:

1.  the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation : a practice or expression believed to have magic power.

2. something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune :  amulet. "wore a rabbit's foot as a good-luck charm." 

3. a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights the charm of this imaginative story : a physical grace or attraction —used in plural "her feminine charms" : compelling attractiveness "the island possessed great charm"

4. a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain "Her sister presented her with a sterling silver charm for her bracelet."

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About Details Inspiration
Crafted by @circa1700, just unscrew this mechanical snake's enameled collar. Insert charms, close mouth, and screw shut. He'll hold your precious charms safely while adding a totally fierce element to your necklace. String him onto a chain pendant-style or use him as a clasp - he's versatile. This colorway  (14k gold, diamonds, black enamel, and glittering ruby eyes) is an exclusive collaboration between us and our friends, Circa 1700, in Los Angeles. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold, black enamel, 2 x .03ct diamonds, 2 x 2mm rubies. No charms are included with the snake clasp. 
  • Age: contemporary. Made by @circa1700 in Los Angeles. 
  • Size: snake head (without buoy-shaped clasp) measures 1" long. Add the 3/8" diameter clasp and you get 1 3/8" total length. Both parts are included in your order.

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If you didn't inherit a collection of your grandmother's charms, then you've probably amassed some sentimental pieces to commemorate the important moments in your life. I've been thinking a lot about the word "commemorate," and how it relates to memorial jewelry. It seems that when we collect charms, we're using a jewel to partner ("co") with a memory, triggering this memory over and over when we wear/see/touch the jewel. Miriam-Webster's dictionary says:

When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers"). English speakers have been marking the memory of important events with "commemorate" since the late 16th century.

The definition of "charm" is rich with meaning too:

1.  the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation : a practice or expression believed to have magic power.

2. something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune :  amulet. "wore a rabbit's foot as a good-luck charm." 

3. a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights the charm of this imaginative story : a physical grace or attraction —used in plural "her feminine charms" : compelling attractiveness "the island possessed great charm"

4. a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain "Her sister presented her with a sterling silver charm for her bracelet."

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