Victorian Pinchbeck, Amethyst And Paste Snake Necklace Circa 1890
Highly desirable pinchbeck snake necklace studded with foiled paste 'diamonds' and with real amethyst eyes and headstone. Beautiful snake link chain, a gorgeous and more affordable version of the gold snake necklace
Pinchbeck is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewellery on a budget.It has now become a very collectible and desirable metal especially because unlike gold plate it is solid and so never wears away.
measures - …. wearable length laid flat (sits perfectly around the collar bone)
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.