Pearl and diamond brooch, circa 1860. Designed as a coiled snake holding a button-shaped pearl, the head inset with a cushion-shaped diamond, the tail highlighted with rose stones, to cabochon ruby eyes, and a circular-cut diamond surmount, French assay marks.
A ROMAN GOLD SNAKE RING CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D. The body formed of coiled alternating plain and beaded wire, the neck twisted into a figure-of-eight, the tail coiled into two spiral loops, details on the head delineated 7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) long