While Manhattanites chatter over the escape of
an Egyptian Cobra from the Bronx Zoo this week, attendees of the Baselworld
fair got their own reptilian-inspired thrills thanks to
Milan-based fine jeweler Zannetti, which unveiled an
impressive emerald and diamond pendant necklace valued at $1 million.
The piece features a 134.86 t.w. emerald
encircled by a diamond- and emerald-studded snake with 8.23 cts. t.w. melee and
0.70 ct. t.w. emeralds, with a 3.4 ct. round brilliant rock anchoring the
serpent’s tail and a 3.5 ct. pear-shaped stone further outlining the
hood-shaped head. Six craftsmen took more than 500 hours to complete the 18k
The One Million Dollar Snake “embodies the
mastery of goldsmith’s art,” according to Zannetti, as well as “excitement,
fear, bewilderment, and curiosity” by those “who admire a natural emerald” of that size. Serendipitously, the same sentiments apply to those who spot @BronxZoosCobra.
for Style 360 blog