It was around Christmastime, about 2 years ago, when my grandma asked me what I wanted for the holidays. I decided I would get back to her after looking around online for something really striking. While looking at jewelry for a little while, I had a memory of when I was in Italy.
I saw a serpent cuff in a shop's window. It was beautiful and looked like it could undulate up your forearm. That was what inspired my grandma's gift to me.
This dark blue, shimmery enamel over goldtone bracelet was shipped to me from an Ebay seller. It opens with a hinge and stays closed with a magnet at the head. I am slightly worried that eventually the magnet-closure will become weak as the years progress, but I guess I could replace it. So far, so good, though. It has been holding strong.
There are a bunch of crystal rhinestones on this. There are 2 clear crystal eyes, 1 crystal nostril (There are supposed to be 2 crystals in the nostrils, but 1 fell out or it didn't come with it. I'm not sure which at this point, since it's 2 years later), 23 crystals at the top of the snake's back and 9 on the side row.
I like the goldtone detailing over the indigo enamel, especially the swirling patterned edging on the inner rim of the bracelet. It seems like it has an Indian influence. I also like the slightly open mouth on the snake's face. It's almost like he's smiling at you. It's the details like that, and the gold-tipped tail, that make this a great find.
I have to say, when I saw who this was by, I was a little turned off (Joan Rivers?!!), but really this is an exceptionally ornate bracelet. I'm not sure how much my grandma paid since this was an an auction item.