Health, wisdom, eternity, everlasting love or venomous prowess? The serpent has had many meanings and long been a powerful symbol. Mother nature have been inspiring designers since the beginning. And no wonder.
Ladies of the European nobility wore snakes as brooches, bracelets, necklaces and finger rings. By the beginning of the 19th century long snake collars were being worn. Queen Victoria was given a snake ring by her fiancé Albert to mark their engagement.
Snakes are one of the most ancient mythological symbols, so often represented also in jewelry. The symbolism of the snake dates back thousands of years, and many civilizations have interpreted the sinuous animal to represent different meanings: good, evil, rebirth, poison, fertility, death. Ancient Egyptians used the snake to represent royalty and deity. In Hinduism, the creature represents desire and sexual passion. The Romans took the symbol to mean everlasting love. In ancient Chinese mythology it was a symbol of reproduction and good luck. The Victorian age brought serpent jewelry into the limelight after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. The Queen pronounced the snake to be a figure of eternal love. Reaching eminence in the 1840s, the serpent represented eternity and wisdom during this period and was a widespread motif on brooches, pendants, rings, bracelets and all sorts of ornamental accessories.
The serpent wound its way through the 19th century jewelry as an amulet, a talisman, as a good luck charm and symbol of enduring love.
Our Italian gold snake bracelet, Will fit wrist 5 – 6 cm. 18K gold, Italian hallmarks for Napoli. Made around 1950 and is as contemporary today as when it was made. Timeless! In excellent condition. No repairs or damages which is rare to these bracelets.