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Mid VictorianSnake Collarwith Mesh Chain

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 1880s. This spectacular necklace dates to the mid Victorian period - around 1860 - and is made in 18k yellow gold with a handmade mesh chain that subtly graduates up in size. The snake's sinuous scaly tail loops around its ornate repoussé head which conceals a hidden clasp. The ruby-eyed serpent holds a pendant heart adorned with flowers in its mouth.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, 2mm ruby cabochons.

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good.

  • Size

    15.5" length.

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