The snake motif was a popular image in the Victorian era and one can find many beautiful pieces which similarly reflect this beloved symbolic treasure. However, I have yet to see any as spectacular as this! Originally designed as a necklace, history hides the story of what became of the familiarly seen snake chain; what we now possess is a versatile pendant/brooch. The 15K yellow gold body of the finely detailed snake wraps around a smooth, cabochon garnet which forms the head and a deftly fitted smaller garnet creating the extended neck. From the mouth of the snake drops a heart shaped garnet encased in gold. Topping both the snake head and heart are a magnificent arrangement of flowers ablaze with dazzling rose cut diamonds set in silver. To further punctuate the brilliance of the detail, the snake’s almond shaped eyes, nostrils and tip of the nose are also set with diamonds. The gold is delicately etched around the head while the teeth and fangs of the serpent lend a stunning realism to the piece. The rear of the heart reveals woven hair beneath the protective glass covering. One can see where the original closure fitting was meant to be inserted in the day when this piece was a necklace. It has since, and I suspect early on, been fitted with both a pin attachment and a hook for threading through a chain to be worn as a pendant. It measures approximately 2 1/4″ long x 1″ wide at the widest point of the gold snake body. I have tried to capture the splendor of this piece but my photography skills, or any attempt other than to be seen in person, fail to communicate the impact accurately. The garnet color contrasted against the profusion of diamonds defies description or photographic skill! The size and detail speak for themselves. The item “Antique Victorian 15K Gold Garnet & Rose Cut Diamonds Snake Pendant/Brooch” is in sale since Tuesday, January 15, 2013. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants”. The seller is “charlottee212″ and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Philippines, Cayman islands, Canada.
- Metal: Yellow Gold
- Main Stone: 15K
- Material: Garnet & Rose Cut Diamonds