Snakes or serpents are one of the oldest motifs used in jewellery throughout history. Dating back to as early as Ancient Egyptian times when snakes were viewed as a symbol of the unchanging, cyclical nature of life, while the Ancient Romans chose to view snakes as being symbolic of everlasting love.
jewellery enjoyed a huger resurgence in Victorian times when Prince Albert
proposed to Queen Victoria with a ring in the form of a snake. This created a
huge desire for snake jewellery which peaked in the 1840’s. Because of the
regal connection and the connection to romance the Victorians viewed snakes as
representations of everlasting love and perfection.
the centuries, people have continued to be fascinated by snake imagery, perhaps
because it has been seen as being symbolic of opposite dual expressions –
for example, both rebirth or renewal with the shedding of its skin and poison
with its deadly venom.
make perfect motifs in jewellery design terms as they easily wind around the
finger, wrist or neck making them timeless and ever popular.
snake and serpent jewellery is still highly sought after today because of its
enduring appeal and entertaining designs. Today we still see snake inspired
jewellery being worn by stars and socialites on the red carpet around the
Lot 25; A VICTORIAN
BLUE ENAMEL SNAKE NECKLACE AND BRACELET SUITE, the snake head set with pearls,
diamonds and ruby eyes, enamel decoration to head and body, gold snake link
necklace, with matching bracelet, in fitted antique leather case €7000 – 8000
Lot 185; A VINTAGE DIAMOND SET SNAKE RING,
set with brilliant cut diamonds, ruby eyes, 18ct yellow gold mount with
engraved scales, size M – N – €800 – 1200
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