In the Victorian period, the appearance of snakes or serpents was a common theme and this turquoise and garnet-set necklace is a strong and great example. 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.
Seven (7) graduated turquoise stones are mounted on the top of the snake’s head. The eyes are bright, cabochon garnets. The stylized tongue is in the form of a hook from which a tiny locket, charm or pretty jewel can be hung.
The chain is beautifully woven with dimension and interest and will always lie perfectly since the design of it completes all the way around.
The head is nicely engraved and the overall face of the serpent has a pleasant ‘personality.’ The teeth are well defined and it from the mouth that the hook extends.
When the necklace is open, it measures approximately 21.5 “ in length. At the widest point, eye-to-eye, the measurement is approximately 13.5mm and the chain measures approximately 5mm around. Gross weight is 28.4 grams.