With origins that can be traced back to ancient Greece, serpent jewelry has been around for thousands of years. And it’s had its moments, time and time again over the years—including (but certainly not limited to) Queen Victoria’s engagement ring from Prince Albert that depicted a snake with ruby eyes, a diamond mouth, and an emerald head wrapping around her finger. While it might not seem like the most romantic of creatures, it’s actually believed to represent protection, femininity, prosperity, and rebirth. Currently, brands (such as Bulgari and Tiffany & Co.) have adopted the cold-blooded creature as their own. Below are five prime examples of the animal used in jewelry.
Inspired by a serpent’s scales, Bulgari’s Serpenti Seduttori watch is flexible and lightweight, lying on the wrist like a second skin. It’s an iconic symbol of seduction.
Certainly a statement piece, Jessica McCormack’s Golden Snake ring drips down the side of the palm to portray the sense of a snake’s slithering movement. With a Georgian-era aesthetic, it’s a playful mix of antique and contemporary elements.
A streamlined interpretation of a serpent, Tiffany & Co.’s snake bangle, designed by Elsa Peretti, sticks to polished yellow gold that twists around the wrist. It’s a modern take on the age-old symbol.
Part of a larger Snake collection by designer Ileana Makri, this necklace is a delicate take on the motif. Depicting a coiled boa, the piece is meant to serve as a reminder to continue to be adaptable and transform.
Having an almost handwoven braid effect, this vintage ring represents two intertwining snakes. It’s a more romantic take on the reptile.Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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