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Victorian Serpent & Heart Locket Collar


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. Serpentine jewelry was at the height of its popularity from about 1840 until the late 1860's; this necklace dates to that time. Made in yellow gold, the hand-forged sinuous chain connects to the enameled head set with pearls. Two garnets glow as the eyes, and pointy teeth fill the mouth. The original heart locket is attached and ready for your mementos.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), blue enamel, pearls, 2 2.4mm garnets, glass

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    14 1/2" length, 7/8" snake head, 3/8" heart locket

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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.

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.