Victorian 15 Carat Gold Heart And Coiled Snake Pendant With Garnet Cabochon And Locket Back
Truly symbolic this Victorian era piece displays a serpent resting on top of a heart. The heart has a textured surface with wonderful high relief filigree work. In the center is a rich red garnet cabochon that measures approximately 11mm by 9mm. The snake has a high polish finish. To the reverse is a crystal panel locket with hair compartment.
The snake was once hinged and would have opened to fasten together a chain; this has been altered where it can no longer function in that way.
The overall size including the bail is 2 inches by 1 inch. The heart is 1 by 1 inch.
The gold is not marked but has been tested.
Chain not included but can be purchased separately.
Victorian 15 Carat Gold Heart, Coiled Snake With Garnet Cabochon Locket Pendant
Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.
They were very popular during the Victorian era. Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake ring for her engagement to symbolise protection and eternal love.