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Mid Victorian Garnet Snake Bracelet


Over the past several millennia, the snake has been used to represent many things: both good and evil, as well as fertility, passion, and rebirth. The Victorians employed the image of the snake as a symbol of everlasting love. Serpentine jewelry was at the height of its popularity from about 1840 until the late 1860's. This stunning bracelet dates to that time. Made in yellow gold, the hand-forged sinuous chain connects to the repoussé head set with garnets, engraved with a swirling pattern, and detailed with a mouth full of pointy teeth. Note the forked tongue detail on the tongue of the clasp. The underside of the head features and engraved dedication, "ABB to JB 15 April 1850".


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), 2 2.2mm rose cut garnets, 9mm x 7.5mm chubby pear-shaped garnet cabochon

  • Age

    engraved 15 April 1850

  • Condition

    Very good - a few minor dents to the underside of the head commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    8" length, 1 1/4" head





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Snakes:Fertility, Power, Wisdom, Renewal and Healing.

Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.