Victorian Ruby Diamond Silver Snake Bangle
Its a legend! This eye catching jewel is featured on page 43 in the latest 7th edition of the book, "Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry" by C. Jeanenne Bell! See over 30 of pieces of our jewelry highlighted - both currently for sale and from the recent past. Don't miss this wonderful resource.
The snake or serpent was a popular romantic image, especially in jewelry during the Victorian era as the reptile symbolized eternal love. The choice of silver and its regal gems of fine rubies sets this mid-19th century bangle bracelet apart from its brethren. Hinged to allow for ease of placement to slink around the wrist, the silver has been carefully detailed at head and tail to represent scale-like texture. The gem-set head and neck have been encrusted with nine (9) fantastic faceted oval cut natural rubies.
The fuchsia colored rubies vary in size from about 3 mm by 3.5 mm up to approximately 4 mm by 6 mm with a total estimated ruby carat weight of more than 2.25 carats*. Details of mouth agape with fangs displayed and old mine cut bezel set diamond eyes of .05 carats apiece, this powerful icon will see you through all of eternity and more.
Inner circumference of the bracelet measures 6-1/4 inches (15.8 cm) but this will fit a wrist of up to about 6 3/4 inches. The snake head measure more than ½ of an inch (1.5 cm) at the widest. The bracelet weighs 32.1 grams. In very good condition with light overall wear. Dates to circa 1850 – 1860.
*Note: Weights of rubies are estimated by length and width as depth cannot be determined. All diamond weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
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