c1840 14k Double Headed Snake Pin/Pendant
The Victorians packed their jewelry with meaning through the use of symbolic motifs. The snake is among the most loved and common of these. The double headed snake is more rare, and has double the meaning! Not only does it have the everlasting love symbolism of a snake, but as a two-headed snake, it represents magical religious power. The duplicate heads are all-knowing, and the shedding of the snake's skin symbolizes rebirth. This piece is stunning for its multi-dimensional qualities in beautifully detailed, bright 14k gold. We believe the stones to be rock crystal. It has a small bale to be worn as a pendant, as well its original pinback. The piece measures 2 1/2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide,and is about 3/4 inch at its thickest.