VICTORIAN GEM SET YELLOW GOLD SERPENT NECKLACE
The hand chased and engraved serpents head with garnet cabochon eyes, emerald & OMC diamond crest, suspends later, smaller snake head with OMC and rose-cut diamonds, emerald and ruby faceted eyes, completed by a flexible chain composed of overlapping scales, diamonds approx. .80 ct. emeralds approx. 1.70 cts. Ca. 1850-1890. 14k. 16", drops 1 3/4". 17.2 dwt.
Sale Price: $4,375
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
The underside of the larger snake has been damaged, and since repaired. Smaller snake head is not original to the piece. In our opinion the smaller snake dates to 1900. The larger necklace is ca. 1860. They are a good marriage. The damage is not visible from the front of the necklace.