Nineteenth century jewelry is known for it's more-is-more aesthetic, but as the 19th century drew to a close, tastes began to change and a cleaner and simpler style came into fashion. The heavy ornamentation that defined the Victorian look faded away, as did many of the sentimental themes. The snake, a popular motif in jewelry since the days of Ancient Rome, managed to make the cut and its slithery form can be seen in jewelry throughout the 20th century and into the present day. This coiled serpent ring, rendered minimally but with maximum presence, is made in 18k yellow gold and set with a single old European cut diamond.
18k gold (marked), 2.2mm old European cut diamond
Good - surface wear commensurate with age and use, shank has thinned significantly in the back; Chester hallmarks
11, can be resized; 6.5mm head, 4.9mm shank
1837 — 1901
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.