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Blue Enamel and Diamond Serpent Bangle Bracelet


This Victorian serpent bangle bracelet is composed of gold, enamel, diamonds and rubies. The serpent has a blue enamel head with floral and foliate motifs highlighted by 12 old mine-cut diamonds, cabochon ruby eyes, and a red enamel tongue, all joining a tapering gold body with a pattern of faceted navettes simulating diamond-shaped scales. The Indian influence evident in the snake’s foliate diamond head and its unusual faceted gold body combine to lend this bracelet an exotic character and tactile charm.

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Item #: BA-20013
Circa: 1880s
Size: 6” internal circumference
Materials: 12 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.35 carat); 2 Cabochon rubies (approximate total weight 0.08 carat); Enamel; 14K Gold

“Victorian Blue,” a mid-tone, pure blueberry blue with a wisteria undertone, was a favorite color of the era, beloved in the home, and considered suitable for both daytime and evening wear alike. According to George Audsley in his 1870s book, Color in Dress, blue “is symbolical of divinity, intelligence, sincerity, and tenderness.”