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$ 6,500

Victorian Gold Snake Bangle with Diamond, Sapphire and Ruby

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials 18k Gold, Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby.
Creation Date 1890
Description An English Victorian 18 karat gold hinged snake bangle with diamond, sapphire and ruby. The head is a cabochon blue sapphire that has the approximate weight of .15 carat surrounded by .12 carat of rose-cut diamonds with 2 cabochon ruby eyes that have the approximate total weight of .04 carat. After Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake band with an emerald head as a wedding present in 1839, snakes, particularly in a fully realized or continuous band form, came to be a symbol for eternal love and devotion to the Victorians. This bracelet, which could alternatively be worn as an arm band, depending on the preference and comfort of the wearer, is a particularly charming example of Victorian snake jewelry. Unusually, the serpent''s tail fully encircles the bangle several times as the two ends of the bangle meet, adding fantastically to its visual width. The diamond-haloed sapphire crowning the piece adds a beautiful bit of color and brilliance, as do the ruby eyes.

Dimensions: 7-1/2" internal circumference
Gemstones Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire
Metals Gold
Styles / Movements Fine Jewelry, Victorian
Dealer Reference Number BA-19385
Incollect Reference Number 332509
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