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Boucheron Fine Jewelry Spring 2013

The company is celebrating the Chinese Year of the Snake with a collection inspired by a serpent, a mascot for the house.

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Boucheron is celebrating the Chinese Year of the Snake with a collection inspired by a serpent, a mascot for the house ever since founder Frédéric Boucheron gave his wife Gabrielle a serpent necklace as a token of love and protection.

The Serpent Bohème line consists of some 20 pieces including rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, earrings and watches in white or yellow gold.

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The rings are lifted from the first Serpent collection launched by the Place Vendôme jeweler in 1968. Topped with a teardrop-shaped head, they are paved with diamonds in a grain setting and surrounded by gold beads. In addition to the original medium-size version, these rings were designed in small — with two heads, to be worn together or separate — and large, with a single head.

For the necklaces, Boucheron scaled down its signature twisted chain to a fine diameter. The pieces come with a teardrop pendant and jeweled safety pin-clasp, which can be removed and used to wear the pendant as a brooch.

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