According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 is the year of the snake, and jewelers are taking a cue from the heavens and incorporating the sensual serpentine form into their spring collections.
Jennifer Heebner, senior editor at JCK Magazine, included it in her list of 2013’s twelve hottest jewelry trends, and the editors at National Jeweler have also taken note. From Etsy shops to the biggest names in couture jewelry, the snake is coiling around everyone’s imagination.
Personally, I love the trend. It’s a simple way to add a little rock & roll to your look, but it can also be made elegant enough to rock on the Red Carpet.
Below are a few of our own favorite snake findings.
At the very high end, Bvlgari has taken snake jewelry to an entirely new diamond-encrusted level with their Serpenti line.
What’s been slithering across your bench lately? Leave us a comment, and show us what you've got!
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