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Lot 153: AN EARLY VICTORIAN EMERALD AND DIAMOND SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1840Designed as a stylised flexible serpent, the head with a pear-shaped emerald crown and old brilliant-cut diamond eyes, the mouth suspending an openwork motif with a pear-shaped emera

Fine Jewellery and Watches 6th December 2016

by Adam's

December 6, 2016

Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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  • AN EARLY VICTORIAN EMERALD AND DIAMOND SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1840Designed as a stylised flexible serpent, the head with a pear-shaped emerald crown and old brilliant-cut diamond eyes, the mouth suspending an openwork motif with a pear-shaped emera
  • AN EARLY VICTORIAN EMERALD AND DIAMOND SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1840Designed as a stylised flexible serpent, the head with a pear-shaped emerald crown and old brilliant-cut diamond eyes, the mouth suspending an openwork motif with a pear-shaped emera
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Description: AN EARLY VICTORIAN EMERALD AND DIAMOND SERPENT NECKLACE, CIRCA 1840Designed as a stylised flexible serpent, the head with a pear-shaped emerald crown and old brilliant-cut diamond eyes, the mouth suspending an openwork motif with a pear-shaped emerald, a small glazed locket compartment to the reverse, length approximately 39cmIn the early 19th Century in Britain, serpent jewellery was elevated to new heights when Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with the first ever engagement ring as a symbol of his eternal love. The Royal engagement launched the popularity of the serpent as the dominant motif on rings, brooches and necklaces in the 1840s.

Condition Report: Emerald on crown shows a small conchoidal fractureYellow metal unmarked and untested.Overall in good condition given the age.

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