Ruby-Eyed Snake Collar

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Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a serpent ring for their engagement, sparking a craze for snake jewelry that would last the entirety of her 60-year reign.  A symbol of eternal love throughout the Georgian and Victorian eras, the snake experienced a second (and less sentimental) wave of popularity during the Art Deco period in the form of Egyptian Revival jewelry. This c. 1940 9k gold snake collar came in at the tail end of the fad. The snake's body is formed by a flexible gaspipe chain, the repoussé head and tail at the center are detailed with pretty crosshatched engraving and ruby cabochons.

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  • Materials: 9k yellow gold, 2 x 2mm ruby cabochons
  • Age: c. 1940
  • Condition: Very good - small dent on the underside of the snake's head
  • Size: hangs at 15", 6.4mm chain width
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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ART DECO (1915 – 1940) Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world. In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette. The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.
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About Details History
Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a serpent ring for their engagement, sparking a craze for snake jewelry that would last the entirety of her 60-year reign.  A symbol of eternal love throughout the Georgian and Victorian eras, the snake experienced a second (and less sentimental) wave of popularity during the Art Deco period in the form of Egyptian Revival jewelry. This c. 1940 9k gold snake collar came in at the tail end of the fad. The snake's body is formed by a flexible gaspipe chain, the repoussé head and tail at the center are detailed with pretty crosshatched engraving and ruby cabochons.

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  • Materials: 9k yellow gold, 2 x 2mm ruby cabochons
  • Age: c. 1940
  • Condition: Very good - small dent on the underside of the snake's head
  • Size: hangs at 15", 6.4mm chain width
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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ART DECO (1915 – 1940) Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world. In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette. The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.
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