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FRENCH SECOND EMPIRE
Magnificent Serpent Bangle
Gold Enamel Ruby Diamond
H: 7 cm (2.76 in)  W: 7.5 cm (2.95 in) 
Marks: Maker's mark MN & eagle's head
French, c.1865
Fitted Case
Construction: hinged with an articulated tail.. Internal circumference 18cm (7in). External circumference 22.5 cm (8.8 in).
Literature: cf. Serpentina - Snake Jewellery from around the World, Fritz Falk, 2011.
This dramatic jewel is of important size and museum quality, it also has an edgy modern presence that belies its 150 years age.
The serpent throughout time has been associated with danger, ritual and sexuality. Starting with Eve in the Garden of Eden, Minoan Cretan Priestesses through to Freudian psychology.
In jewellery the symbolism of the serpent is used to portray both sexual power as well as protection of the wearer, confidence and eternity
Ref: 7640