Exceedingly fine and rare, this is an example of the ultimate craftsmanship from the mid or Grand Period of Victorian jewelry. Bangles were typically worn on both arms, two or three to the wrist but this one captures the eye as more than enough solo.
A standout, the motif of this piece is of a serpent atop the pattern of a strap and buckle design of 14k yellow gold.
Open work tracery beneath, two rose cut diamonds serve as the snake's eyes, for a total of .02 carats. Twenty-four turquoise cabochons and thirty-five half natural fresh and saltwater pearls (1 mm to 3.75 mm in diameter) adorn the snake, its appears wrapped 2 1/2 times around the bangle.
A beautiful and meticulously hidden hinge is part of the oval wide bracelet.
Of the highest order of craftsmanship, the 14k yellow gold has the original finish of an 18k yellow gold bloom. The coloration is then a rich, buttery deep gold color. Note the elegant and fluid wings that embellish the front.
From a private collection purchased in 2011.