I've never been a great fan of snakes, though I appreciate the sentiment behind the symbol (snakes with a tail in its mouth symbolize eternal life), but I truly love pansies. The Victorians used the pansy is so many paintings and in so much jewelry, and it symbolizes remembrance. It comes from the French, Pense, meaning "Think of me." I have seen snake jewelry and I have seen and own pansy jewelry, but this is the first time I have ever seen the two combined. Here we have a gold snake (tested 15 ct) holding an enameled pansy heart in his mouth. Anyway, this circa 1850 piece, is a wonder. The attached chain measures 16 inches, and the snake itself measures 1 inch North to South, and about the same East to West. The pansy heart has a glass bezel at the back which contains tightly braided hair. I think the sentiment of this wonderful piece is "Think of me, eternally.!" Note: Please excuse the less than impressive background for the photo. I am in London at this listing, on a buying trip, and I don't have to use for a background with me.
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