A Victorian Blue Enamel Serpent Necklace
A Victorian blue enamel serpent necklace, the Bristol blue enamelled serpent head with a central row of graduated half pearls, cabochon ruby eyes and a decorative coiled tail, suspending a heart shaped pendant drop from its mouth, all to a yellow gold snake chain with the clasp concealed behind the head, the jewelled part measuring approximately 3.8 x 1.4cm, the chain measuring approximately 45cms in length, circa 1840, gross weight 14.15 grams. A Victorian enamel necklace in good condition for its age with minimal signs of wear. The chain unmarked and tested as 9ct gold, the snake and the clasp tested as 15ct gold.
A charming Victorian necklace. Jewellery of all types in the shape of a serpent was extremely popular during the early Victorian period, owing partially to the snake ring given by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria on the occasion of their wedding. Suspended from a chain is a detailed deep blue enamel serpent. The body of the serpent forms both the clasp and main feature of this necklace, which is a clever detail. Hanging from the serpent’s mouth is a wonderfully enamelled heart locket. This necklace was made in about 1840, the height of popularity of serpent jewellery of this type.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.