- Material: 100% Sterling silver
- Finish: Polished, with antique accents
- About 5/8 inch wide x 7/8 inch tall x 3/8 deep (16 x 22 x 8mm)
- Chain: 18 inch (45.6cm), with spring ring closer
- Item number: wh19
Only about 25% of all snakes are venomous, and contrary to popular myth, it's impossible to tell from the shape of their heads which ones are. And like most other animals in the wild, most snakes would prefer to be left alone by humans, so they're really not as dangerous as we think.
It's just that, when it comes to snakes, most people seem to have an innate fear of them. Maybe that's why the source of evil in the Garden of Eden was a serpent.
But there are good snakes as well. Consider that the Hopi Indians in North American used snakes as part of their rituals to ask their gods for fertile lands and good crops. And Africa, Mesopotamia and Iran all had cultures at some point that worshiped the benevolent powers of the snake.
We think this snake is good because it makes such an attractive necklace. It's decoratively coiled into a tear drop shape, looping itself in and out and up and down then around the chain as a clever way of hanging it.
The diamond-shaped head curls over the body right down the center for symmetry. The body is ornamented with a pattern of scales which extends onto the head, emphasizing the diamond shape.