A Victorian Bristol Blue Enamelled Serpent Bangle
A Victorian bristol blue enamelled serpent bangle with diamond-set head, nose and brows and cabochon ruby eyes, the tapered body hinged in four places, total estimated diamond weight 1.9cts. circa 1840, internally measuring approximately 5.1 x 4.1cm, gross weight 26.8grams.
A fabulous Victorian serpent bangle. Jewellery in the form of serpents was very popular during the Victorian era, symbolising fidelity and everlasting love. This bracelet is a wonderful enamelled bangle featuring deep royal blue enamel over yellow gold. The head of the serpent is set with glittering old-cut diamonds that catch the light beautifully and glinting cabochon-cut ruby eyes. This piece features four hinges, allowing a comfortable fit on the wrist. Examples of this style of jewellery can be seen in many paintings and drawings from the nineteenth century, including Frederick Sandys’ ‘Portrait of a Lady’ dated to 1880 in which the sitter wears a serpent bangle layered with further bangles.
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.