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    Posted 6 years ago

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    One of my very favorite bracelets -- I named him Sir Hiss.... Isn't he splendid?? A bangle bracelet in the form of a serpent (undying love to the Victorians) circa 1840.

    The serpent bangle is entwined with its tail wrapping underneath and around in front of the head. It has hundreds of pave set natural turquoise cabochons set in silver and backed with a gold wash. There are a couple of replacement stones.

    Finely detailed metalwork holds rose cut diamonds that decorate the serpent's head and surround the tear drop shaped turquoise stone in the center. Ruby cabochon stones are used for the eyes and are collet set in yellow gold.

    There are no hallmarks. Serpent came in a Russian box which he fits well, but I don't know if it is original to the piece.

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    1. JoyB JoyB, 6 years ago
      That is really beautiful!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Sir Hiss is really fascinating, I can't stop admiring him :-))
    3. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 6 years ago
      eternal beauty!
    4. Bluboi Bluboi, 6 years ago
      Thanks everyone! He is lovely to wear also -- doesn't flip over backwards....
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      Just gorgeous...I think I'd be afraid to wear it, though!
    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Hi Bluboi, you say he maybe a he, but it could be a she. Sorry just a bit of fun.
    7. Bluboi Bluboi, 6 years ago
      Hah! Could be, Jean... ;-) If a girl, then what is her name....?
    8. davyd286, 6 years ago
      I think it's unlikely the bracelet is Russian: a snake was not a popular motif in Russian jewelry (my guess is that due to its association with sin and man's expulsion from Eden, the Orthodox church would not look kindly upon such adornment); besides all fine jewelry of that caliber and craftsmanship would have to be hallmarked.
    9. Bluboi Bluboi, 6 years ago
      Hi Davy, I would agree with you. Someone just found a box which fit....
    10. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Jean, Bluboi, I have a name if it is a she... Miss Hiss! ;-))
    11. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Good name Kyra :-)
    12. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago

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