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Citrine and Emerald Snake Pin, Michele Della Valle
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Citrine and Emerald Snake Pin, Michele Della Valle

$65.00 per day

Mixed shape citrines, marquise-shape cabochon emeralds articulated snake pin, 18k gold, Michele Della Valle, length 5.5″

$65.00 per day

Citrine Citrine, a yellow to orange variety of quartz, is rare in nature. A November birthstone, as well as the stone marking the thirteenth wedding anniversary, citrines are one of the most popular yellow gemstones. Often identified with the Victorian era, citrine’s use as a gem dates back to 300 B.C.

Emerald The name emerald comes from the ancient Greek word for green and is the green to greenish blue variety of beryl. If a stone is “too light” to be an emerald, it is called a green beryl, although there is no agreement as to exactly where this distinction applies. Emeralds have been mined since 330BC and were used in Cleopatra’s jewelry, as well as by royalty throughout the world. Emerald is the birthstone of April and the stone of the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.

Cabochon A cabochon is a gem which has been shaped and polished but not faceted, typically with a domed top and flat bottom. Cabochons are often cut for opaque stones, for softer translucent gems as well as to highlight phenomenon such as asterism “star” and chatoyancy “cat’s eye”, as these would not show in faceted stones. The 'sugarloaf' cabochon cut features a 4-sided pyramid shape.

Articulation This is the use of hinges or attachments between elements in jewelry to provide flexibility as well as movement. Articulation can make jewelry more comfortable to wear, as it can better follow the contours of the body. Articulation can also be used to provide visual interest with movement.

Michele Della Valle Designer-jeweller Michele della Valle lives and works in Geneva. He is known for pavé setting and use of colored stones in complex natural forms.

Marquise Shape In the 18th century, King Louis XV of France commissioned a diamond shape to resemble the lips of his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, known as the marquise or navette shape. The name comes from French court royalty who wore the diamonds to indicate their rank, which is between a count and a duke. The marquise is used for colored stones as well as diamonds, and is typically a brilliant cut with up to the full cut of 57 to 58 facets.

Unique Elements
This super cool Michele Della Valle articulated snake could be at the waistband of a gown or on the lapel of a suit or tuxedo. With shimmering emerald eyes and golden citrine body, this snake is sure to get people talking.

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