This is an 18ct yellow gold Victorian snake ring. The ring features two snake heads, one of which is set with a Burmese ruby and the other a bright white old cut diamond. The eyes of the snakes are also set with rubies and diamonds and the ring is a solid 10.3 grams. The ring is exceptionally made and would have been entirely handcrafted in the 1880s. It is suitable for both ladies and men and is currently a fairly large size.
In the Victorian era, snake rings were extremely popular and were often worn with a serpent style bangle, brooch, or hatpin.
The snake ring peaked in popularity when Queen Victoria opted for a gold snake design set with rubies, diamonds, and an emerald for her engagement ring; a particularly unusual style. As time wore on, snake jewellery and other Ancient Egypt inspired pieces (such as insect jewellery) came into fashion due to influences on Britain from the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Condition: Used (Very Good) Weight: 10.3 grams Ring Size: U (62) Width: 11mm – 4mm Principal Diamond: approx. 0.10 carats Ruby: Approx. 0.12 carats Hallmarked: Birmingham, 1883 Period Of Manufacture: Victorian Box: Plain gift box