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Year of the Snake / Snake Jewelry Designs

The Chinese Calendar states that 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Fashion and jewelry designers have taken this opportunity to offer many incredible designs this year which feature snakes and other reptilian forms.

Snakes have been popular in jewelry in the past. Victorian jewelry popularized the snake motif in the late 1800s.

The 18k yellow gold “Scorpion” necklace above, ca. 1978, was created by Italian designer Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. The necklace, which is formed of interlocking segments, has a detachable tail, so that just the scorpion claws can be worn as a collar. An example came up for sale at auction this past fall at Freeman’s in Philadelphia. I wanted this necklace and bid over $4,000. The necklace ultimately sold for over $11,000. I’ll just have to keep looking for another one for myself but who knows when another example will surface?

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A Bulgari Sertenti Gold snake bracelet. $54,000.

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This is a J. Hadley pave diamond, swirl snake ring with ruby eyes that is set in 14k yellow gold and rhodium. Price is $3,800.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum Store is offering this Eyyptian Revival goldtone snake bracelet. Price is $150.

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WWII Era Puffy Heart Charms

Puffy heart charms, so named because the charms are “puffy” on both sides, were very popular in the 1940s. Most are made of sterling silver, some with elaborate enamelling or beautiful personalized engraving.

Many had themes of love, such as Forget Me Not flowers, or lovebirds. I’ve seen them with animals, fleurdelis, scrolls, repousse styling, other floral themes and WWII sweetheart military themes.

Some of the most collectible were made by Walter Lampl, who manufactured series of guilloche enamel birthday charms as well as floral series charms.

newpicssjan31 009 This is a mother of pearl and enamel floral charm from the 1940s.

newpicssjan31 046 A WWII era airplane charm, engraved “Dad” on the back.

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newpicssjan29 027 A US Navy sweetheart charm

newpicssjan29 031 Home Sweet Home, Engraved “Mom”

newpicssjan28 035 A Walter Lampl jeweled guilloche enamel birthday series charm

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newpicssjan28 027 A Lampl enamel floral series charm, a lily, I believe.