12 Jewelry Trends for 2013: Snake and Serpent Jewelry

Every month from now until JCK Las Vegas 2013, I’ll highlight one trend from the 12 Jewelry Trends for 2013 post on my Style 360 blog—an editorial first look at new collections worldwide and expert market analysis on jewelry styles, launches, and trends.

By now, you know that snake is a celebrity in 2013, thanks to the Asian calendar. Long a symbol of romance and a perennially popular motif in jewelry, snakes and serpents get an extra shot of attention this from this star status, which translates to endless interpretations in jewelry. Sometimes seen in blackened gold with diamond accents, or in a whimsical enamel and palladium cuff link set that tells the Biblical tale of right and wrong, there’s a slithering serpent style for us all this year, keeping safe versions of the reptiles close, without the danger of striking more than our design savvy.

Michael Raymond silver snake ring

Two Finger Snake Rattle ring in silver (modeled after a genuine rattler snake); $325; Michael Raymond

Michael John snake pendant with diamonds

Snake pendant in 18k black gold with 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds; $3,100; Michael John Jewelry

Supreme Jewelry snake ring

Ring in 18k white gold and black rhodium with 0.34 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.02 ct. t.w. tsavorite; $4,400; Supreme Jewelry

evelynH. Garden of Eden cufflinks

Cufflinks in 18k yellow gold and palladium with 3.5 cts. t.w. peridot, 1 ct. t.w. white sapphires, and enamel; $7,800; evelynH

Roberto Demeglio for Beny Sofer snake bracelet with diamonds

Snake bracelet in 18k gold with black, brown, and colorless diamonds; $57,498; Roberto Demeglio for Beny Sofer

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