The Ancient Egyptians used the serpent to denote royalty, the Romans employed it as representation of everlasting love, Hindus regard the snake as a symbol of desire. In 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 second half of the 19th century. Two diamond-studded snakes form this large 18k ring, their entwined bodies symbolize an eternal life together.
18k yellow gold, 10 old European cut diamonds approximately .18ctw
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; British hallmarks
size 11.5, can be resized; 1.24cm head, 5mm shank
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1837 — 1901
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Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.