This rare Georgian necklace features an eternal snake adorned with a natural spinel head and a gorgeous, substantial faceted aquamarine in a pinched collet setting typical of the period.
The Ouroboros (from the Greek "Devouring Snake") has been alive and kicking since the Ancient Egyptians, who first used it as a marker of the beginning and end of time in tomb and funerary art. Centuries later, the Romans embraced the snake as a symbol of everlasting love, and it enjoyed popularity through the Georgian and Victorian periods as the go-to signifier of devotion, rebirth and protection.
Aquamarine (from the Latin aqua marinus, or "water of the sea") has long been prized as emerald's paler cousin for its sparkling, ocean-like color. Believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and used to symbolize the purity of water and the sea, it was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, protecting the wearer during travel and helping to facilitate clear and heartfelt communication.
Gold, Natural Spinel, Aquamarine
Excellent - flawless condition with no noticeable flaws or wear.
Pendant border measures 17 x 14.5mm, not including bail. Aquamarine measures 7 x 9mm.