Antique snake bracelet in 14k gold with a large, vibrant ruby in its head and bright green tourmaline eyes. The richly engraved head emerges from a highly dimensional, tubular coil; this piece is contoured to fit the curve of your wrist. The snake's mouth is open and there is a tiny tongue inside, shaped like an arrow.
The body of the bracelet is a thick, flexible chain with a secure insert clasp at its end. The bracelet clasps under the stationary coil.
I believe this gorgeous bracelet dates from between 1910-1925, its Art Nouveau flavor notwithstanding. The clasp is marked 14k, an indicator for later dating. Snake jewelry was extremely popular from the Victorian era through the Art Deco period, and this superb example captures the spirit of those times beautifully.
The bracelet measures 7-1/2" long; it looks great at the wrist or sliding forward on your hand. The coiled portion with snake head is 2-1/2" long, 1" at widest, and it stands 3/4" high. The chain is 3/16" wide. The condition is excellent with no damage, no dents, no dings. There is a tiny flake on the ruby that can only be seen with a loupe.
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