18K French Victorian Diamond & Emerald Snake Slider-Brooch
A French Napoléon III c.1870-1880 snake slider, that doubles up as a brooch. It is modelled in 18k gold, and hallmarked with the French eagle head. The body has fine engraved etchings on its body to mimic a snake's scales, giving it depth and realness.
The snake's head is set with an emerald, surrounded by a cluster of rose cut diamonds. Two cabochon garnets rests in its eyes, giving it a slight glimmer.
The slider would have been used with a thin silk ribbon in the Victorian era, where it would have gone through the swirls of its body and through a small opening in its mouth specially made for such a purpose. Today, a fine chain can be used in the same way to use this brooch as a necklace.
Additionally, as the tail of the snake is a close loop, the brooch can be used as a pendant as well, by threading a chain through the end of the tail as we have demonstrated in the video in this listing. It is a wonderfully versatile piece that is a fine example of French snake pieces.
It measures 30mm x 15mm and weighs 4.65 grams.
Era - Victorian c.1870-1880
Materials - 18k gold and silver / Rose Cut Diamond / Emerald / Garnet
Carat Weight - Diamond: 0.20ct / Emerald: 0.065ct / Garnet: 0.025ct / Total weight: 0.29 ctw
Measurements - 30mm x 15mm
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