Here is a sssssensational pair of antique snake earrings made of fabulous .925 sterling silver.
These sexy snakes would have made an otherwise demure evening ensemble in the ragtime era a little bit more daring.
While serpent motif jewelry goes far back in history, it's popularity really spread starting in the 1840s and peaked between then and the 1860s.
The snake or serpent was the symbol of royalty and deity in early Egyptian society.
Victorian jewelry frequently used an entwined snake to symbolize infinity and eternal love.
The snake has also come to symbolize sexuality, rebirth and wisdom.
The earrings depict a snake coiling upwards, their bodies are delicately embellished with interesting shapes and granulation.
They hang from the hooks with a simple loop and each hook is adorned with a tiny flower at the bottom.
The simple hooks latch under a "c"-hook making them more secure.
A rich patina has covered the silver over the years, getting into the deeper details and giving the snakes a fabulous depth.
We have not polished these earrings and think that the natural patina enhances the delicate detailing and adds to the overall and allure of this set. Very sexy.
We think that serpent and snake jewelry withstands the test of time in all fashion eras and trends. These are an exceptional addition to any antique jewelry collection and wardrobe.
These are not marked, but test positive for .925 sterling.
These earrings are in excellent antique condition and look fabulous when worn. They are detailed, yet demure with a little "come hither" flair.
Measurements: Snakes are 1 ½" long (2 ¼" w/ hooks), ¼" wide Total weight of pair: 4.5 grams (0.16 oz)