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Victorian Carved Carnelian Ouroboros Brooch


A snake with tail in mouth, forming an endless circle, is also known as an ouroboros. It is a symbol of love everlasting, and was one of (if not THE) favorite jewelry motifs of the 19th century. This fantastic mid Victorian brooch features a carved carnelian ouroboros encircling an oval locket.


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), carnelian, glass

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good - dark spot on the back side from a previous acid test

  • Size

    1 1/4" x 1"

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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.

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