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Victorian Garnet & Pearl Snake Festoon

Serpents coil protectively around pear cut almandine garnets, each one holding a freshwater pearl in her mouth. The "everlasting love" theme continues with belt buckle bails holding the snakes to the chain, and a second chain swag adds....swag. This necklace would already have been a remarkable find, but it's still in its original green leather and velvet fitted box. 


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 3 pear cut almandine garnets, 3 freshwater pearls, original fitted box

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition


  • Size

    16" length, 1 1/2" center drop, 1 3/8" side drops

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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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

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

Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.