Joe’s Special Box Luxury Edition – Volume Four

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and  A Collector’s Things

Since 1839, when Albert proposed to Victoria with an emerald accented entwined snake ring, the world has been infatuated with reptile jewelry.  Victoria’s engagement ring sparked a trend in England that spread like wildfire…  those flames have never been extinguished.  Everyone from collectors and connoisseurs to amateurs and novices are enthralled with sinewy serpents…  whether they’re coiled around fingers, wrists or necks, snake jewelry is iconic.

The real life love story of Albert and Victoria was represented by that first snake ring, ultimately bringing the serpent to symbolize eternal love.  That imagery has lasted for more than 180 years.  These emblematic jewels are often sought after and requested by our customers and friends.  

We recently acquired this bold example.  The rich yellow gold body coils once around the wrist, then loops around the head with the tail resting back against the center section.  Softly rounded scales cover the entire top portion of this antique hinged bangle.  Each one is accented with black enamel, adding depth and dimension.  Sixty-one rose cut diamonds are set within a darkly tarnished silver spray that lays along the length of the head, two of them bringing light and life to the eyes.  With a combined weight of two carats, these diamonds bring a welcome element of sparkle to this bracelet.

The mouth is slightly open allowing an articulated tongue to slither back and forth with menacing charm.  Two complete rows of teeth offer another precise detail to this outstanding model.  Made around 1875, this vibrant bangle has been a highlighted treasure in Joe’s collection since we acquired it.  Priced at $11,700 – this symbolic snake is just the kind of eternal luxury you need in your life.

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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