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Victorian Ruby & Diamond Ouroboros Ring


The first known ouroboros imagery, where a snake is depicted eating its own tail, appeared in Egypt in the 14th century BC. For these ancient Egyptians, the circular reptile shape symbolized Ra and Osiris. Ancient Greeks used the ouroboros to denote the first earthly being. The gnostics used it as a symbol of the soul of the world, and the list goes on. Many cultures have independently "invented" the elegant ouroboros image to symbolize a version of the same universal idea: there's an eternal cycle of life and death, re-creation and return, a wheel turning forever and ever. This early Victorian ouroboros ring is set with a ruby and and diamond eyes. The interior is engraved with what must have been a very special day to someone, 16 April.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 2.5 x 2mm ruby, 2 1mm diamonds

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Good - diamonds are replacements; surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    4.75, cannot be resized; 5.7mm head, 4.6mm shank





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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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Snakes:Fertility, Power, Wisdom, Renewal and Healing.

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