Edwardian Diamond Snake Ring

$1,400.00
About Details History
Snake jewelry came into serious vogue in the early Victorian period and one could argue that serpent-themed baubles have never really gone out of style since. Aside from being a fashion statement (which it was in the 19th century and remains to this day), the coiled serpent is also employed as a symbol of the cycle of life, eternity, and love without end. This satiny 18k yellow gold ring is dinged up just right after years of wear, and a .03ct old European cut diamond glitters brightly in his head. Bugged-out eyes, a smile, and a wiggly tail give him personality. Clear hallmarks tell us he was made in the city of Chester in 1919.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, approx. .03ct old European cut diamond.
  • Age: 1919
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: currently this ring is a US size 7.25, but it can be resized for an additional fee of $90. Hoop is 3.77 wide. 
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  
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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
Snake jewelry came into serious vogue in the early Victorian period and one could argue that serpent-themed baubles have never really gone out of style since. Aside from being a fashion statement (which it was in the 19th century and remains to this day), the coiled serpent is also employed as a symbol of the cycle of life, eternity, and love without end. This satiny 18k yellow gold ring is dinged up just right after years of wear, and a .03ct old European cut diamond glitters brightly in his head. Bugged-out eyes, a smile, and a wiggly tail give him personality. Clear hallmarks tell us he was made in the city of Chester in 1919.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, approx. .03ct old European cut diamond.
  • Age: 1919
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: currently this ring is a US size 7.25, but it can be resized for an additional fee of $90. Hoop is 3.77 wide. 
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  
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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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