Gold filigree serpent necklace: 19th century
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Gold filigree serpent necklace with blue enamel serpent head set with diamonds, shown in original case. Snake necklace, gold filigree wire of tubular form woven with gold beads of graduated size to indicate the scales, the head is of gold enamelled blue and set with diamonds and rubies, possibly French. The 'snake' form for bracelets, earrings and finger-rings as well as necklaces remained popular well into the second half of the 19th century, but in the later years the woven filigree-work body was superseded by the development of flexible overlapping links for a more realistic effect.
1819 AD - 1821 AD