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Edwardian Diamond Two Headed Snake Ring

$2,000.00
About Details History
The ancient Egyptians used the serpent's image to denote royalty; the Romans used it as representation of everlasting love; and Hindus regard it as a symbol of desire. In somewhat more recent history, Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring set with an emerald. The queen set the bar for fashion in this period and, owing largely to Victoria's ring, serpent-themed jewelry was incredibly popular throughout the 19th century (truth be told, it wasn't altogether uncommon in the 18th century either). This twin snake ring is fashioned in 18k gold and dates to early years of the Edwardian era. The pair of serpents - each crowned with a .10ct old mine cut diamond - symbolize the eternal love between two people. 

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, 2 .10ct old mine cut diamonds
  • Age: Chester hallmark for 1903
  • Condition: Very good - minor surface wear commensurate with age and use
  • Size: 7.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 12mm width at the head, 3mm width at the narrowest point of the shank
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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.
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About Details History
The ancient Egyptians used the serpent's image to denote royalty; the Romans used it as representation of everlasting love; and Hindus regard it as a symbol of desire. In somewhat more recent history, Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring set with an emerald. The queen set the bar for fashion in this period and, owing largely to Victoria's ring, serpent-themed jewelry was incredibly popular throughout the 19th century (truth be told, it wasn't altogether uncommon in the 18th century either). This twin snake ring is fashioned in 18k gold and dates to early years of the Edwardian era. The pair of serpents - each crowned with a .10ct old mine cut diamond - symbolize the eternal love between two people. 

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, 2 .10ct old mine cut diamonds
  • Age: Chester hallmark for 1903
  • Condition: Very good - minor surface wear commensurate with age and use
  • Size: 7.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 12mm width at the head, 3mm width at the narrowest point of the shank
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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.
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