Over the past several millennia, the snake has been used to represent many things: both good and evil, fertility, passion, and rebirth. The Victorians employed the image of the snake as a symbol of everlasting love. Serpent-themed jewelry was at the height of its popularity from about 1840 until the late 1880's (though it has never really gone out of style). This stunning necklace dates to that time - around 1870 - and is made in 14k yellow gold (tests) with an undulating scale-esque chain which graduates up and down in size from the tip of the tail to the head of the snake. The friendly face, studded with Persian turquoise cabochons and glittering with garnet eyes, conceals a hidden clasp. A turquoise pavé heart pedant is suspended from the snakes mouth. Necklace comes in its original fitted box.
14k yellow gold (tests), turquoise cabochons, garnets (one almandine, one pyrope).
Very good - some discoloration to some turquoise cabochons, small dent to the reverse side of the heart locket.
15" length, 3/4" heart pendant.
1837 — 1901
A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb
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