Wow, just wow! This Victorian 18ct Gold snake necklace ssss-speaks for herself! A marvellous and incredibly rare find, this snake's head is studded with Emeralds and Pearls, with glittering Ruby eyes.
A wearable length of 17", this antique snake necklace just slithers around your neck in the most elegant way. Not only is she wonderful to look at, but she is steeped in history too. In the Victorian era snakes were symbolic of eternity, commitment and ever lasting love, favoured by Queen Victoria herself.
This necklaces come with an antique "Pearce & Sons" duck egg blue velvet lined fitted box.
ERA: Victorian (1837-1901).
MEASUREMENTS: Necklace is 17" or 43.5cm long.
Chain width graduates from 3.5mm wide to 7mm wide.
Snake head is 25mm long x 11mm wide.
5 Pearls graduate from 2.5mm diameter to 4mm diameter.
Central Emerald is 3.8mm long x 3.9mm wide (Approx 0.30ct).
Emerald chasers are 1.3mm long x 1.3mm wide.
Ruby eyes are 1.7mm diameter.
MATERIALS: Solid 18ct Gold, Pearl, Emerald, Ruby Necklace. Box is Black Leather, Cream Satin and Duck Egg Blue Trim.
HALLMARKS: Necklace tests as solid 18ct Gold throughout. Box is "PEARCE&SONS LTD, GOLDSMITHS, LEEDS, YORK & LEICESTER".
EXCELLENT-VERY GOOD: This Victorian 18ct Gold snake necklace is in remarkable condition for her long life. All of the 18ct Gold snake links have kept well, still possessing their characterful movement with no noticeable dings or scratches. Every gemstone is secure, the Emeralds are lovely grass-green colour and the Pearls still have their lustre. We have replaced two of the small Emerald chasers, and it is possible that a few of the other gems have been replaced within its lifetime. However, they are all well-matched in colour and size, so these small discrepancies are not noticeable. So, you are free to enjoy and wear this necklace at your leisure for many more years!