Victorian ouroboros necklace
A superior example of an ouroboros serpent necklace, circa 1840. Turquoise was used in profusion in jewellery of the 19th century. The bright blue colour echoed forget-me-nots, which signified true love. The motif of the snake swallowing its tail is often found in turquoise jewellery. This ancient symbol, known as the ouroboros, symbolised eternity and was also a token of love. The serpent motif was most fashionable in the 1840s. Queen Victoria wore a serpent bracelet to her first council meeting in 1837 and was given a serpent and emerald engagement ring by Prince Albert. This serpent necklace is high carat gold high. The chain is articulated and in the form of serpent scales. The serpent’s head is pavé-set with vibrant Persian turquoise and rose-cut diamonds. He has ruby eyes and little gold fangs. The necklace is 15 and 1/4 inches long, plump and weighty. It is beautifully constructed and immaculate.