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Victorian Blue Enamel and Opal Snake Necklace

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

Queen Victoria loved serpentine jewels. The sinuous reptile does lend itself to some rather ravishing jewelry designs as this stunning necklace proves. A 14K gold chain, with links remarkably similar to actual snake scales, forms the body of this bold and colorful creature. His intensely vivid cobalt blue enameled head is adorned with tiny table cut diamonds and opals displaying electric hues of blue, orange and green. Ever alert, he keeps watch with gleaming cabochon garnet eyes. As is sometimes the case with well-loved and worn antique jewelry, this piece shows some slight wear (on the enamel, abrasion on one of the garnets, and dents on the underside of the head). In 14K gold, it measures 14 3/4 inches long.

Details

Materials:
14 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
15 Inch Neck Length, Head is 2 Inches Long
Width:
11/16 Inch
Height:
7/16 Inch
Gram Weight:
39.4 Grams
Period:
Victorian
Gemstone Details Gemstone Details

4 Table Cut Cut Diamonds

Carat Weight:
0.07 carat Because mountings prohibit full and accurate observation of gem quality and weight, all data pertaining to mounted gems can be considered as approximate unless accompanied by an independent laboratory certificate (AGL, EGL, GIA). Unless otherwise stated, all colored stones and pearls are assumed to be subject to a relatively stable and possibly undetected color and/or clarity enhancement.
Measurements:
1.50-1.60 mm
Color:
J-K
Clarity:
SI
Total Diamond Carat Weight:
0.07

2 Round Cabochon Cut Garnets

Carat Weight:
0.15 carat Because mountings prohibit full and accurate observation of gem quality and weight, all data pertaining to mounted gems can be considered as approximate unless accompanied by an independent laboratory certificate (AGL, EGL, GIA). Unless otherwise stated, all colored stones and pearls are assumed to be subject to a relatively stable and possibly undetected color and/or clarity enhancement.
Color:
Red
Measurements:
2.60-2.60 mm

4 Oval Cabochon Cut Semi Crystal Opals

Carat Weight:
1.35 carat Because mountings prohibit full and accurate observation of gem quality and weight, all data pertaining to mounted gems can be considered as approximate unless accompanied by an independent laboratory certificate (AGL, EGL, GIA). Unless otherwise stated, all colored stones and pearls are assumed to be subject to a relatively stable and possibly undetected color and/or clarity enhancement.
Type:
Semi Crystal
Measurements:
5.70-7.00 mm
Total Colored Gemstone Carat Weight:
1.50

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Jewelry Care

As with anything of value, especially sentimental value, taking good care of your vintage and antique jewelry from Lang will enhance its beauty and extend its lifespan. We encourage you to have your jewelry checked and cleaned by us or by your trusted local jeweler every six months, to ensure that each piece is in good wearable condition with all gemstones in place. It’s not uncommon for stones to loosen over time, and it’s much easier to tighten a loose stone than to replace a lost one! As stated in our Repair Policy, we strongly recommend that you allow us to perform any repairs, since our jewelers are specialists in restoring vintage and antique jewelry.

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