Lately I’ve been drawn to unique and conversation-starting jewelry, and this season has no shortage of options. After lusting after snake-print products year after year, it’s no surprise my favored motif has slithering style. Women have been harnessing the power of the serpent for thousands of years. Ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Victorians all ornamented themselves with reptile representations.
The coiled snake, like in these Belle Noel necklaces and Jennifer Zeuner bracelets, symbolized immortality to the Ancient Romans, and Egyptian royalty like Cleopatra favored golden asps (she might have donned these Haute Hippie bracelets). Influenced by the baubles of the ancient world, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with an engagement ring featuring a serpent with a head of emerald, a sweet symbol in a scale-y style.
More than just a spiraling sparkler, snake jewelry evokes years of symbolism and culture. Try on a piece and know that history has never been so stylish.