Sensually wrapped around a pillar of seed pearls, this beautiful green enamel snake or serpent, set with ruby eyes, appears to be looking right at you. The rich green enamel reveals the texture of the serpent’s scales. Sixteen (16) seed pearls adorn this gold bar and beautifully set off the movement of the serpent showing the end of the tail, on one side, and the nearly full body on the other.
This is an elegant pin from the Victorian period where the appearance of serpents was a common subject matter. Queen Victoria’s well known love for Prince Albert, whom she mourned for 40 years, is symbolized in the serpent, or snake, as her eternal love. The symbol also represents wisdom. I have read that Queen Victoria’s engagement rings had an emerald-set snake head and that because her birthday was in May, the emerald represented her birthdate. While there is no emerald in this pin, the emerald color of green is strongly represented.
There is minimum loss to enamel as seen in the photos, but this does not detract at all from the overall beauty and loveliness of this piece.
On the interior of the bar, near one end, it is marked “15ct.,” indicating that this is English. This choice piece measures approximately 1 ¾” in length and weighs 4.1 grams.