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Victorian Infinity Knot Snake Mourning Necklace

$1,500

The engraving on the back - "Sent but for a moment" - makes me think this necklace (once a brooch) was a memorial piece for a child. Utterly heartbreaking. In the mid-19th century mortality was a much more common part of life, but it still comes for us all. This snake locket's knotted body drives home the theme of eternal love. The glass panel is ready for your photo or hair (or fur).

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  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), glass, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - converted from a brooch into a necklace

  • Size

    1" x 3/4" pendant, 18" chain

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18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.