Antique Victorian 9ct, 9k, 375 Gold Snake, serpent turquoise & Garnet brooch pin. Antique Victorian 9ct, 9k, 375 Gold Snake, serpent turquoise & Garnet brooch pin, Circa 1860.
An exquisite Snake, serpent brooch depicting a coiled snake with his tail in his mouth. The snake is beautifully decorated with graduating cabachon Turquoise gemstones on his head and tail & finely detailed engraved scales on his neck and head.There are two tiny cabachon Rubies for his eyes. Snake jewellery was popular during the Victorian era, Queen Victoria's engagement ring featured a Snake with ruby eyes and Emerald (her birth stone). Prince Albert often bestowed gifts of jewellery featuring snakes or serpents to Queen Victoria during this romantic era. Snakes represented eternity, so this brooch would have been given to a loved one with the message of eternal love (snake eating his own tail represents infinity) the Ruby eyes (red for Passion). Not hallmarked - tested to at least 9carat gold. This historic piece of jewellery will be delivered in a new black leatherette and velvet box.
WEIGHT: 6.2 grams HALLMARKS: As above CONDITION: Good Condition - though the clasp is not original - a safety clasp has been fitted probably around the edwardian period. DATE: Victorian (1837 to 1901). Turquoise is a very porous and absorptive precious stone. When exposed to water, oils and other chemicals it soaks them up like a sponge, this can cause a variety of effects.
Turquoise is a compound that includes metals such as aluminum, copper or iron. Water and oil can cause some of these metals to oxidize, or in other words rust. As a result of oxidation, the stones can change color. Blue turquoise that contains copper can change from a light blue to a dark green.The iron changes from green to darker green and aluminum from light blue to darker blues and greens. The oils in our hands have a very similar affect as water. Over years, or even decades, of touching a turquoise stone with our fingers can lead to the stone changing color. SAME DAY DISPATCH ON ALL ORDERS COMPLETED BEFORE 2PM (Monday to Friday). It is the buyers responsibility to be in compliance with all applicable import regulations.
Photographs have been enlarged to show detail and all measurements are listed in the description. Gemstone sizes and colours are only estimates. All items are Antique, Vintage and pre-owned and will naturally have signs of wear & tear commensurate with age.
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