Serpents in jewelry, precious and sinuous symbols

Gislain Aucremanne

A symbol of rebirth and transformation, the snake motif has crossed civilizations and legends of all eras. Since time immemorial, this creature has fascinated the human imagination with its ability to renew itself by changing its skin, to remain in contact with the earth and at the same time to rise from it, to sinuously wrap itself into a coil and to vanquish predators. It is therefore not surprising that the snake has become one of the most represented animals in jewelry history. From the noble jewels of Antiquity to the ambiguous reptiles of the Victorian era, from the protective talismans made by so many world cultures to the famous jewelry icon from Maison Bulgari in Rome, let the snake tell us its precious story.