The symbolism of the snake has added to the enchantment of this form for centuries. Everyone can picture Cleopatra wearing multiple pieces of serpent jewels. In the 19th century, following Albert's betrothal gift of a snake ring the popularity was once again renewed.
In this example the serpent is designed as a bracelet that coils around the wrist. It is hand woven of many strands of fine silver wire. So carefully designed it widens at the head and tapers at the tail. The head is well defined with engraving and two red glass eyes. The bracelet has a lovely, original patina and feels smooth to the touch.
The condition is excellent. it weighs 27.4 grams or 17.6 dwt.
It coils around the wrist multiple times accommodating an average to large wrist. It i s unmarked, and has been tested to be sterling. So charming and chic, it is as relevant to the fashions of todday, as it was over 100 years ago.
Victorian, circa 1900.