I thought this would be an excellent palate-cleanser for the day after Valentine’s day. We’ll never get tired of these pretty, pretty snakes on these pretty, pretty bangles!
(You see what I did there? Eh?)
First up is this beautiful Victorian bangle from 1860. I love the colors and the richness of the contrasting textures of the different elements. The woven mesh bracelet terminates in a serpent head applied with blue enamel, topped and accented by split pearls and garnet eyes, and flanked by a granulated gold ball. The other end of the bracelet is tipped by a blue enamel tail.
Next up is an undated bangle that Doyle New York characterizes as “antique.” This bangle is also rich in texture and color. This bracelet engraved with detailed, stylized scales applied with apple green enamel. The enamel is spaced by gold bands engraved with a leaf motif and five engraved panels centering rose-cut diamonds. The bracelet terminates in a snake head topped with 8 oval and cushion-shaped rubies and 11 rose-cut diamonds, tipped on the other end by a diamond-set gold tail
Also, how cute are both of these snakes’ faces? I think I would spend all day talking to my wrists if I was wearing either of these.
Both of these bangles were listed in Doyle New York’s October 2012 Important Estate Jewelry sale. All images and info are thanks to Doyle New York.