SNAKE BROOCH ANTIQUE VICTORIAN GEORGIAN OLD ROSE CUT 18K YELLOW GOLD SILVER ANTIQUE Serpent Handmade Pins
Dating to the 1840s this entirely hand made diamond, ruby and solid 18K gold brooch is an exceptionally rare item.
'The Victorian era incited the proliferation of snake jewelry after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with the very first engagement ring, which was in the image of a snake with an emerald-set head. For Victoria, the snake was an emblem of eternal love, making her betrothal ring the ultimate token of happily-ever-after. Peaking in the 1840s, the snake represented wisdom and eternity during this period and was a ubiquitous motif on rings, bracelets, brooches and necklaces" Jewels du Jour. Few of these original snake motif jewels survive to this say as precious jewelry was often taken apart and redesigned into more contemporary pieces as fashions changed.
The design of this spectacular pin is luxurious and one of a kind. It is extremely three dimensional. The snake glissades towards you in a sensuous spiral. From every angle the old cut diamonds catch the light and sparkle brightly. Two perfectly matched vivid red rubies a hand set as the serpents eyes.
Typical of fine jewelry in this era this lovely pin is crafted from solid 18K gold and the diamonds themselves set in fine sterling silver. Diamonds were set in sterling silver so they would look their whitest. There were no other precious white metal alternatives at the time. It wasn't until the 1890s that platinum was used to craft fine jewelry and it was in 1918 that the Belais Brothers first invented white gold and used it for exclusive jewelry manufacture.
This brooch is a genuine item from the early Victorian era not any reproduction. Unfortunately today the market is flooded with poor quality Indian reproductions of Victorian jewels. These items are set with low quality treated stones which never would have been used to make jewelry in the 19th century. This exceptionally rare piece is a stark contrast to the reproduction items that we see and is of exceptional quality.
It is in excellent condition.
The pin measures 1 5/8" long by 11/16" wide and is 5/16" deep (42mm x 18mm x 8mm). There are a total of 1 carat of fine diamonds set into this brooch. The largest diamond is 20 points in weight. In addition to the diamonds are two exquisite natural untreated rubies with a total weight of 10 points. This makes the fine diamond and ruby weight as estimated in the setting at least 1.10 carats.
An appraisal shall accompany this item. This appraisal has been made by a professional Gemologist and accredited Jewelry Appraiser who is a specialist in the field.