Perhaps one of the most beautiful sentimental pieces ever conceived, this bracelet clasp is rich is affectionate symbolism and stunningly executed.
The crown (immortality, triumph), burning hearts (one of the strongest symbols of love / marital love), the cypress (hope), unbroken column (eternity) are traditional symbols, with the two oddities being the serpent and the inscription. The snake is often a symbol of love, eternity and rebirth, however the serpent used in this instance may reflect the serpent in the garden of Eden, hence temptation, or in this case, the lack thereof.
The collection of symbolism in this piece represent a powerful love statement that is rarely seen so strongly in sentimental items and the collection of imagery would have been the prerogative of the person who commissioned it.
Its true nature, brings into question the statement of ‘In Spite of Envy’ which hints towards a powerful statement of just how strong the bond it between the two this was commissioned for.
Though others are envious, this love bond will last for eternity. This is simply an assessment of the piece, however, as its true intention is lost with its original owners, who are the only ones to truly understand this piece.
Its collection of symbolism is too strong to ignore, however. The intent of a piece should always be scrutinised, taking into account its time and place in history, its social values and its fashion. The double meaning of the symbolism and their Christian relevance is also of some importance to this piece, but the fire of its passion burns still today.