Style: Sparkle and Hiss

  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Photo #1 Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Photo #2 Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Photo #3 Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
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With its sinuous form and exotic markings, the serpent has served as the inspiration for myriad adornments throughout the centuries. Now, with Chinese astrology’s Year of the Snake upon us, top jewelry designers have made this seductive and dangerous creature shimmer anew, with scintillating diamond-pavé and colored-stone pieces that coil or drape irresistibly around the wrists, fingers, and neck of the wearer.

Photo #1: De Grisogono snake bracelet in rose gold with diamonds, emeralds, and more than 100 carats of sapphires, price upon request (212.439.4220, www.degrisogono.com).

Photo #2: From left: Le Vian snake ring with rhodolites and white and black diamonds, $6,848 (877.253.8426, www.levian.com Ileana Makri cobra ring in gold with purple and yellow diamonds, $4,720 (at Barney’s New York, 212.826.8900, www.barneys.com); Sutra snake ring in blackened gold with diamonds, $7,500 (713.984.4987, www.sutrajewels.com); Tamsen Z snake ring in gold with demantoid garnets and yellow diamonds, price upon request (212.360.7840, www.tamsenz.com).

Photo #3: Miiori serpent necklace, on a silk cord, with diamonds, tsavorites, and sapphires set in 18-karat gold, $20,000 (646.398.8489, www.miioriny.com); Amrapali double-headed snake cuff in gold with diamonds and rubies, $5,120 (212.944.0007, www.amrapalijewels.com).

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Jewelers Alex Soldier, Coomi, Pasquale Bruni, and others are getting back in touch with nature…
These designs dazzle with simple shapes presented in extravagant ways…
Photo by Michael Oldford
Assael’s diamond-and-rare-pearl jewelry depicts and aids endangered animals…
The historically inspired necklace is part of Boucheron’s new Bleu de Jodhpur collection…
The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
Fresh designs take direction from a stage and screen icon…
The Floridian Lapidary favors bold stones with minimal metal embellishments to distract from them…