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Victorian Snake Jewelry




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Snakes &
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JEWELRY

The

SNAKE
or serpent was the symbol of royalty and
deity in early Egyptian society. Victorian jewelry often used an entwined
snake to symbolize infinity and eternal love. Over the years the snake has
also come to symbolize sexuality, rebirth and wisdom.





VICTORIAN Whitby jet snake necklace with heart dangle,
graduated sized beads, 18" with beads ranging from 1/3" to 2".
See a similar version of a snake necklace on page 122 of Davidov &
Dawes "Victorian Jewelry".
View #V31294

CHATELAINE sterling
chatelaine. Suspended from a snake in the symbol of infinite love 2-1/2"
brooch are: a 2" notepad and pencil; 2" pocket knife; 3-7/8" perfume with
tiny glass stopper; 1-1/8" powder and puff; 2" mirror and photo oval, all
with matching motif. View
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VICTORIAN jet Roman style snake necklace
with segmented body, 17" long and from 1/2" down to 1/3" wide bead
body. The head is 1" by 5/8" and the heart is 5/8".
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View #V31839




VICTORIAN
Whitby
jet snake wrap-around bracelet, 15" long and 5/16" wide. See page 83 of
Helen Muller’s book "Jet". Similar piece seen in Helen Mueller’s "Jet"
on page 83; in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 2nd Ed" page 32
and 3rd edition page 51; and in Becker’s "Antique & Twentieth Century
Jewelry" on page 54.
View #V26676

VICTORIAN very unusual
textured, black enameled metal segments strung on flat coiled wire snake bracelet
with wooden carved head and tail, symbol of infinite love, 9" by 1/2".
View #V28836
VICTORIAN Whitby jet
snake bracelet, 16" total, 1/3" wide each segment. Similar piece
seen in Helen Mueller’s "Jet" on page 83 and in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 2nd Ed" page 32
and 3rd edition page 51.
#V28553






VICTORIAN
Whitby jet
snake bracelet with beautifully carved head, about 18" long and 1-3" to 1-8"
wide. See page 83 of Helen Muller’s book "Jet". Similar piece seen in
Helen Mueller’s "Jet" on page 83; in Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, 2nd Ed" page 32
and 3rd edition page 51; and in Becker’s "Antique & Twentieth Century
Jewelry" on page 54. #V29886
VICTORIAN lady wearing her cameo
and matching jet bracelets.
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View #V29919

VICTORIAN Whitby jet snake bracelet,
hand carved head and tail and faceted body, shown in Helen Muller’s "Jet" page 83,
extended bracelet is 14" long and the snake head is 1-1/4" long and
1/2" wide. View #V31828




VICTORIAN karat yellow gold
snake necklace with garnet cabochons and faceted garnet eyes, interesting
snake-scale chain and etched design on snake’s head, 17" with snake’s head and
leaf 2". A similar piece can be seen in the book, :Fascination:
British & Continental Jewelry 1785-1885" on page 40. View
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VICTORIAN 15ct yellow gold
and garnet cabochons snake pierced earrings, total length 1-7/8". #V32446
and V32563

VICTORIAN 15ct yellow
gold and garnet cabochons snake pierced earrings, total length 1-7/8".
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Both #V32563




VICTORIAN karat yellow gold
snake bracelet with garnet cabochons and faceted garnet eyes, etched design on
snake’s head, double hinged, 8-1/2" total length with 5/8" wide snake head, can
be worn on wrist size 5-1/2" to 7".
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VICTORIAN 18 karat yellow
gold snake necklace with garnet cabochons and faceted garnet eyes, heart
shaped dangle from snake’s mouth has hair compartment on the reverse,
interesting snake-scale chain and intricate design on snake’s head,
circa 1850,
19-3/4" with snake’s head and heart 2-1/2".
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View #V32798

VICTORIAN snake jewelry with garnets set in yellow gold.
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VICTORIAN
15 karat yellow gold and pearl boxed snake bangle
with locket, with original box fitted for this bracelet, 6" by 1-1/3" at
front with drop and 1/4" band. The heart open to a tiny secret locket,
probably too small but for the tiniest of photos. This bracelet weighs about
.48 ounces. Because it is 6" around the inside, it fits a wrist slightly
smaller than that. The unusual original box adds to this lovely treasure and
is perfect for displaying it. It has obviously been well cared for all it’s
life.
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#V34085
VICTORIAN sterling and
cut coral beads coil bangle in the form of a
Chinese dragon serpent
with ruby eyes, 7" and adjustable by about 5/16" thick. The
workmanship is exquisite as the pictures show, with well defined features
and an artistic design.
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VICTORIAN 14 karat yellow
gold
snake bracelet with red and green garnets set in embossed head. The bracelet has
two hinged sections so it is easy to get on, and one has a replacement
pin, repaired long ago in it’s history. It comes in it’s own fitted box, 6-1/3" and 1"
wide at the front. The snake was a symbol of eternal love.
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SNAKE
head and tail bracelet, body as is, total length is 9" by 1/2"
thick. This has such a great snake face that I hate to give up on it just because
the woven body has damage. I am hoping a beader or jewelry maker can give it a new life!

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#Q66228
SMITH & PEPPER 9 carat yellow
gold coil snake bracelet with tiny ruby eyes, hallmarked "S&P,
crown-375-anchor-c" and "steel spring" on the back of the snake head, about
12-1/2" long and 1/4" wide. An ad for this Birmingham company
can be seen in "Sentimental Jewelry" by Ann Louise Luthi pages 26 and 28.
According to the author, Smith & Pepper made jewelry from the late1800s to
1981 and their original factory is now a museum.
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VICTORIAN carnelian, gold, turquoise snake earrings, total length 2". These
came to me in an earring box marked "Herbert Dinsdale, 98 Stricklandgate,
Kendal", but I do not know if this was the original box.
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VICTORIAN 14k yellow
gold snake bracelet with Persian turquoise head and garnet eyes, snake
1-1/2" by 3/4", total 7".
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SIGNET 14k
yellow gold ring with medical "Caducaus" entwined snake, size 5-3/4.
View #K23878



VICTORIAN gold filled snake brooch
with green and red rhinestones and etched design on head,
1-3/4". View
#V29250

"Fine rolled gold plate brooches."
Including a snake brooch.
RCF Catalogue 1892

VICTORIAN hair
brooch, tiny two-sided glass covered compartments, snake frame, 1". In
Victorian times, the snake was the symbol of eternal love.
View #V27356




VICTORIAN silver snake earrings in silver with banded agate
cabochons and drops, 14k yellow gold wires,
2-5/8" total length.
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View #V31982

VICTORIAN sterling snake
wrap bracelet circa 1880, total length 21-3/4" by 5/16", spreads about 3"
wide on wrist. View
#V32410

VICTORIAN chatelaine
clip with serpents and scrolls design, "LL Sterling 230", 2".
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SNAKE REFERENCE:

Snake Mythology-
Wikipedia

Snake Mythology
Serpent Mythology


VICTORIAN snake of lava
segments strung on a wire coil bracelet circa 1880, 10-3/4" by about 1/4" to 1/2" wide.
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#V32364


VICTORIAN
silver snake coil bangle, wearable length around 6-5/8", total
length 7" by 1-1/4" wide at the front. The coiled double snake heads were a
symbol of eternal love. There is a slight dimple at the top of one knob, as
seen in picture. View
View #V35504