Antique Belle Époque Pearl Snake Pendant
in Yellow Gold

Natural Pearl Pendant, with Enamel Snake

£ 12,500

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An 18ct yellow gold, natural baroque pearl and enamel serpent pendant from the Belle Époque period. The sinuous figure of the serpent has been intricately detailed in green enamel as it coils around and grasps a lustrous baroque pearl in its wide jaws. A handmade oval link chain perfectly complements this statement showpiece, and catches the eye with its striking double link details. The Belle Époque period (1891-1900) was an incredibly important era for jewellery and the decorative arts. The natural world was a huge focus, with jewellers striving to capture the movement of nature in the pieces that they produced. Natural baroque pearls were particularly sought after, as their unique individual shapes were embraced by the best jewellers to create truly special pieces. Plucked from the depths by only the bravest of divers, the largest and most lustrous examples of natural pearls were worth far more than diamonds, and were worn with pride by royalty and the aristocracy. The serpent has been seen in jewellery for thousands of years and has represented many things, including good, evil, rebirth, poison, fertility and death. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861) presented Queen Victoria with a serpent shaped engagement ring in 1839, which brought serpent formed jewellery back into fashion and saw pieces viewed as symbols of eternal love.
This sentiment was carried through into the Edwardian era, with the beautiful and stylish Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), who dictated styles and tastes during her short reign. She was often seen wearing an iconic snake bangle that has been captured in many of the portraits painted of her.

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  • Material: 18CT Yellow Gold
  • Principal Stone: Pearl Natural
  • Age: 1891 - 1900 (Belle Époque)
  • Chain Length: 46cm
  • Clasp Type: Lobster
  • Item Code: 1551436
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