Victorian 9kt Rose Gold and Garnet Snake Ring
This is a fabulous Victorian-era 9kt rose gold and garnet snake ring.
Serpents are one of the oldest mythological symbols and remain as popular in jewelry as they did in the time of ancient Egypt. Snake jewelry was particularly popular after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a ring that was in the image of a snake. Since then, snakes have a remained as a symbol for eternal love.
This lovely ring is fully marked. It contains the city stamp for London, as well as the mark for 9kt rose gold, the maker’s mark “S&S”, and the date letter for 1891.
This piece features a reverse-set faceted pear shaped garnet. Because the garnet is raised it is slightly abraded, however this is to be expected with age and does not take away from the beauty of the piece. The garnet is approximately 4.75 mm in size. The ring also features some beautiful bright cut work, done by hand, along the snake’s head. These details truly add to the overall charm of the piece.
This ring would fit a size 10 1/4 - 10 1/2 finger. This ring may be sized with the help of a very knowledgeable jeweler. To maintain the integrity of the design the jewelry would have to be able to size the ring and then carve the snake band back in. This piece weighs approximately 5.62 grams
The snake literally wraps around one’s finger, making it not only eye-catching but quite the conversation piece. This ring would make the perfect gift for any snake lover, collector or fashionista!
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