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Blue Enamel and Seed Pearl Serpent Bangle Bracelet

$6,500

This gold, enamel, and seed pearl snake bracelet dates from the late Victorian era, circa 1880s. Designed as a snake curling around itself, the blue enamel head with ruby eyes is set with 13 split pearls in subtly varying off-white hues with pastel tones, while its curving neck with foliate engraving joins the smooth polished body and tapering tail. This colorful period bracelet with its unusual whiplash curves belongs in the collection of every every serpent jewel aficionado.

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Item #: BA-20015
Circa: 1880s
Size: 6” internal circumference
Materials: 13 Split seed pearls; 2 Round-cut rubies (approximate total weight 0.08 carat); Enamel; 14K Gold

Representing love and wisdom, serpent jewelry remained popular throughout the mid-to-late 19th century, inspired in England by young Queen Victoria’s early and enduring passion for the jewels. These famously included her serpent engagement ring with an emerald head from Prince Albert, and the 1840s snake bracelet she is shown wearing in the painting commemorating the First Privy Council meeting, by David Wilkie.

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