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VictorianPearl and Garnet Snake Braceletin Original Box

Over the past several millennia, the snake has been used to represent many things: both good and evil, as well as fertility, passion, and rebirth. The Victorians employed the image of the snake as a symbol of everlasting love. This beautiful and incredibly unusual snake bracelet is fashioned almost entirely in pearls and dates to the late Victorian period. The snaked head is crowned with a row of larger pearls and its garnet eyes are framed with a strung fringe of tiny seed pearls. The pearls are strung and sewn onto a mother of pearl base. An absolutely stunning piece sold in its original box.


  • Materials

    Seed pearls, garnet cabochons, 14k gold clasp.

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good but not perfect- one of the large pearls that form the body of the bracelet is partially blackened.

  • Size

    6.5" inner circumference, 1.5" head, 5/8" tail.

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please note:Not suitable for everyday wear.

This bracelet is wearable but relatively fragile and should be worn more as a special occasion piece rather than an every day piece.