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Vintage gem-set snake cufflinks, probably USA, 2nd half of the 20th century


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Unit price €1,980.00 / piece
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Vintage gem-set snake cufflinks, probably USA, 2nd half of the 20th century
Vintage gem-set snake cufflinks, probably USA, 2nd half of the 20th century
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Jewelry in the form of snakes has a tradition of several thousand years. Already the ancient Egyptians knew these symbolic pieces of jewellery, as well as the Greeks, Romans and Celts. The snake was and is in almost all cultural circles charged with the most diverse meanings: On the one hand dangerous due to its venom and cunning, shunned as the temptress of Adam and Eve, on the other admired for numerous abilities attributed to it. In antiquity, the snake was considered a symbol of eternal life, the smartest animal and the symbolic animal of the god of medicine, Asclepius. Jewelry with snake motifs gained great popularity especially in the 19th century, reaching its peak in the years around 1900. However, the motif remained popular in the following years as well, as evidenced by the present pair of cufflinks from the second half of the 20th century. The cufflinks each present the bodies of two snakes. Like a yin and yang sign, their heads nestle together. One snake is made of white gold, while the other shines in yellow gold. The heads of the reptiles also feature contrasting gemstones: one snake wears a white diamond on its head, while the other is adorned with a dark blue sapphire. Short chains connect the showpieces to the torpedo-shaped toggles. The knobs are beautifully preserved and, judging from their hallmarks, were probably made in the United States.
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The snake has fascinated people since ancient times. On the one hand dangerous due to its venom and cunning, shunned as the seductress of Adam and Eve, on the other admired due to numerous abilities attributed to it. It was considered a symbol of eternal life, the smartest animal and the symbol of the god of medicine, Asclepius. Jewelry with snake motifs then gained great popularity especially in the 19th century
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Vintage gem-set snake cufflinks, probably USA, 2nd half of the 20th century
Never ending Story
€ 1,980.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,980.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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