Once again, it’s the year of the snake. Gold and silver serpents spiral around wrists and fingers. Squiggles come to life with the simple addition of a head with glowing eyes. Sinuous style isn’t new: Gold snake bracelets and rings from 300 BC at The Metropolitan Museum of Art are surprisingly modern in form. Most of the new snake styles this year are very stylized, almost like a child’s drawing. Bulgari has inspired a revival of the seventies-style snake, with a much-coveted watch in 18k gold with onyx and diamonds. Stephen Webster also abstracts texture and shape. Tracey Mayer, in contrast, details a two-headed snake bracelet that looks a bit more dangerous than disco.
— Cheryl Kremkow