A Victorian Gold, Emerald, Garnet and Pearl Snake Necklace, circa 1860

The pendant modelled as a snake’s head, set with two emerald-cut emeralds in collet mounts with four half pearls and two circular cabochon-cut garnet highlights representing the eyes, all above a scroll work detailed head, suspending from the open mouth a heart shaped locket drop with chased and scroll work detail to both sides with single cabochon-cut emerald to the front and back, opening to reveal a locket compartment with a locket of hair in a heart shape, the head below a textured coiled tail to a snake link chain, the links graduating in size, the clasp integral to the snake’s head

Unmarked tests as 18 carat gold

Total weight 19.6gms


Chain measures 32.5cm

Total length of drop 4.5cm

Heart measures 1.5 x 1.8cm

Emeralds to the head measure approximately

Top emerald 4.9mm x 3.5mm and Lower emerald 5.5mm x 3.6mm

Each emerald to the heart locket approximately 2mm diameter

Each garnet measures approximately 2mm diameter

Each pearl measures approximately 2.5mm diameter

Note two kinks in links – visible in photograph

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