Late Victorian Diamond Entwined Snakes Ring

$2,100.00
About Details History
The ouroboros, a snake in the form of a circle holding its tail in its mouth, in 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 wonderfully knotted twin snake ring dates to the late Victorian or early Edwardian period. The snakes bodies loosely loop together to form tripartite shoulders and a sort of infinity knot at the face. Each snake sparkles with small diamonds for eyes and larger diamonds set at the crest of their heads. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold (tests), 2 x .10ct transitional cut diamonds, 4 x .01ct round cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Very good - some wear to the back of the head
  • Size: 8.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 14mm head, 4.8mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History
The ouroboros, a snake in the form of a circle holding its tail in its mouth, in 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 wonderfully knotted twin snake ring dates to the late Victorian or early Edwardian period. The snakes bodies loosely loop together to form tripartite shoulders and a sort of infinity knot at the face. Each snake sparkles with small diamonds for eyes and larger diamonds set at the crest of their heads. 

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  • Materials: 14k gold (tests), 2 x .10ct transitional cut diamonds, 4 x .01ct round cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Very good - some wear to the back of the head
  • Size: 8.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 14mm head, 4.8mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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