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Turquoise and Gold Serpent Locket Necklace


Dating from the 1840s, this gold serpent necklace with heart-shaped locket is set with turquoise, diamonds, and rubies. The tapering flexible necklace of gold S-form links resembling a snake’s patterned body is designed as a serpent with pave-set turquoise cabochon head with cabochon ruby eyes and diamond accents grasping its tail in its mouth, and suspending a pave-set turquoise heart with reverse locket compartment. An ancient motif that is still beloved and relevant to the stylish jewels of today, this flexible and colorful serpent gently graces the neck in gold and blue tones, enhanced by with subtle diamond and ruby sparkle.

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Item #: N-20044
Circa: 1840s-1850s
Size: 15.25” length
Materials: Cabochon turquoise; 2 Old mine-cut diamonds (total approximate weight 0.40 carat); 2 Cabochon rubies (total approximate weight 0.24 carat); 18K Gold (total approximate weight 39.1 grams)
Literature: Similar necklace pictured in Victorian Jewellery, by Margaret Flowers, South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1967, pp. 56 and figure 9

As the snake was the age-old symbol of love and romance, Victorian serpent jewels sometimes incorporate heart motifs, often with a reverse locket compartment to contain a secret miniature portrait or lock of hair to hold the beloved close.