An ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake biting its own tail. Golden necklaces and bracelets, with scale-like or Brazilian chains, of this type were popular during the 1840’s. The eyes were usually set with rubies and sometimes the body was decorated with round turquoise cabochons. More expensive models had heads decorated with royal blue enamel, one of the favorite colors during the late 1830’s and early 1840’s, and diamonds.
Ouroboros Serpent Magnifying Glass.

Ouroboros Serpent Magnifying Glass.


  • Bennett, David & Mascetti, Daniela. Understanding Jewellery, pp. 114 -119.
  • Bury, Shirley. Jewellery, The International Era, Volume I, p. 407