Serpents in jewelry have been popular the world over since ancient times, but Queen Victoria helped re-popularize bejeweled snakes in the 19th century. Snakes were perfect symbols for the sentimental Victorians: they were protectors in ancient Rome (as evidenced by the many frescoes recently unearthed in Pompeii). Neoclassical symbolism plus Queen V's approval = an instant trend. By the end of the 1900's, snake rings were being cranked out en masse to outfit the fashion-hungry women of England. This one was made in Chester in 1892. 18k gold, .12ct Old Euro in the head.
18k gold (marked), .12ct old European cut diamond, 2 1.5mm diamonds
Hallmarks for Chester 1892
7.5, can be slightly resized; 1.11cm head, 8.6mm 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.