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Circa 1870s Victorian Emerald and Diamond Snake Ring

18ct Yellow Gold
SKU: WIL200526

£875.00

1 in stock

This is an antique emerald and diamond set snake ring. It features a pear shaped emerald which has been set in the head and has rose cut diamonds for eyes. It has been crafted in 18ct yellow gold and dates back to the Victorian period with crisp hallmarks for London 1877.

In the Victorian era, snake rings were extremely popular and were often worn with a serpent style bangle, brooch, or hatpin. They were often set with diamonds along the length of the band with precious gemstones such emeralds, rubies, and sapphires inlaid in the head to represent eyes.

The Victorians were influenced by the treasures of Roman and Greek times, so much so that they replicated many details of the visual culture of the Ancient world.

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.

Snakes were also a popular motif in Art Nouveau jewellery – aligning with the movement’s flowing, fluid lines. The pattern and colour of snakeskin lent itself to the vibrancy of the Art Nouveau design.

Condition: Used (Very Good)
Weight: 6.8 grams
Emerald Carat Weight: Approx. 0.25 carats
Size: Q
Hallmarked: Yes, London 1877
Period Of Manufacture: Victorian 
Box: Plain gift box

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