This wonderful, large-scale entwined snakes ring is unusual for a few reasons. Firstly, it's made in low karat rose gold, typically rings in this style are 15k or 18k. Secondly, the style of this ring was popular in the high Victorian era, yet this ring is hallmarked for 1912, well into the Edwardian period where more delicate and minimal jewelry was en vogue. The scaly snake heads nest together beautifully at the face and their long bodies are used to great effect to form tripartite shoulders. Please note that this ring can easily be sized down but that will most likely result in the partial or complete loss of the hallmarks.
EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910)
The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular.
“White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902.
Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.