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Mourning Jewelry: MJ030

GUARDIAN SPIRIT OF ETERNAL LOVE ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Brooch ): The snake (or serpent) was a popular Victorian romantic image. This elaborate table worked Hair Snake Brooch (1830 - 1870) is made over a hard core to form all of the coils and loops involved in the body. Note how the weave resembles snake scales. The gold head and tail are both engraved and embossed with life-like scales and facial detailing. The eyes are small bezel set rose cut garnets. Insects, flowers, reptiles and lizards popular expressions symbolic of both Victorian sentiment and a reflection of their interest in nature. Prince Albert designed Queen Victoria’s betrothal ring in the form of a snake with its tail in its mouth, symbolic of everlasting love. Snakes have continued to hold a fascination as jewelry motifs. The pin back retains its original C clasp, as well as the Victorian elongated pin stem. The value of hair jewelry is in the workmanship. Since low carat gold was commonly used in these pieces, I will not risk the condition of the piece to be certain of the gold content. This is a large and complex brooch and a very desirable collector’s trophy. Condition: Excellent. No hair loss. Size: 2 1/4" wide, 1 1/8" high.

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