Antique serpent necklace. This spectacular necklace is a classic Victorian example of snake jewelry, which was made popular in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Albert - her engagement ring was a serpent, set with an emerald head, and was said to be a symbol of eternal love.
This particular serpent was made circa 1850, and is yellow gold, with articulated scales, set with bezel set, cabachon cut turquoise stones, ranging in color from robins' egg blue to dark teal, and graduating in size from 1mm to 4mm.
The head of the snake is figural, inset with turquoise and decorated with rose cut diamond "eyebrows" and nostrils. The eyes are reddish-burgundy color, round cabachon cut garnets, 1.5mm, and the open mouth of the snake contains graduated teeth, which mask the female end of the hidden box style clasp.
Marks: None, tested 14k
Dimensions: 15 3/4" long
Weight: 34.7 gross dwt
Condition: Surface scratches, wear commensurate with age; one turquoise is missing, the garnet cabachons are abraded.
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