The ouroboros, a snake in the form of a circle holding its tail in its mouth, is an ancient symbol of eternity. This motif has been used as a symbol of the infinite in jewelry for centuries upon centuries. The 19th century update to the motif paired two snakes together entwined in various knots or interlocking shapes to symbolize the eternal love between two people. This wonderful twin snake ring dates to the Edwardian period. The snakes' bodies nest together to form tripartite shoulders and a softly interlock at the face. Each buggy-eyed snake sparkles with an old mine cut diamond set at the crest of their heads.
18k gold (marked), .10ct and .11ct old mine cut diamonds
London hallmarks for 1918
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; one of the diamonds has a tiny chip along the table which is visible under magnification
9, can be resized; 1.26cm head, 7mm shank
1900 — 1910
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.