You might be surprised that a poisonous creature is the star of this season's jewelry trend, but it's time to get on board, as this look shows no sign of slowing down.
It makes sense that these baubles are resurfacing, too - 2013 is the year of the snake. Still, with some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities rocking reptilian pieces on the red carpet lately, their popularity seems to only be growing as the year draws to a close. In fact, Anna Faris pinned a 19th century snake studded with emeralds on her bright yellow gown at the recent Emmy Awards, while a gold and diamond snake ring was wound around Allison Williams' finger at the same event.
Ready to get in touch with your serpentine side? Follow this guide to master the look:
First, a little background on the origination of these accessories. According to Jewels du Jour, snakes are one of the most ancient and prevalent mythological symbols. The most interesting aspect of these creatures is that they have opposing meanings: medicine and poison, good and evil. The Egyptians viewed serpents as a representation of royalty, while Hindu cultures see them as a symbol of desire and passion.
Through the years, their meaning has evolved across Greek, African, Native American and other cultures. Though Cleopatra is the most famous figure to don snake-inspired jewelry, other notable women have embraced this style as well.
The source noted that when Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with an 1/10 TCW Round Diamond Platinum Over Sterling Silver Chevron-Shaped Snake-Chain Necklace 20", which incorporates the creature in a subtler way. It's impossibly chic with everything from a black cocktail dress to a white button-down blouse and skinny cobalt pants. The Onyx And White Topaz Snake Pillow Ring In Tutone 14k Gold Over Sterling Silver looks almost like an antique bauble. A glimmering serpent with sparkling eyes wraps around a shiny black stone, making for a truly eye-catching piece.
Feeling more daring? Slip on the 2 Piece Diamond-Cut Ear Pins And Snake Ear Cuff Earrings Set 18k Yellow Gold Over Sterling Silver comes with a pair of cutting-edge pins for your lobes. The fashion-forward ear cuff is optional - though it does look stunning slithering across the top of your ear.