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Sapphire and Diamond Twinstone Double Snake Ring

$4,500
This late Victorian 18K gold double snake ring set with a diamond and a sapphire was created in England in 1892. It is designed as two snake heads, each with an old European-cut diamond or a cushion-cut sapphire, completed by their intertwined bodies and tapering tails. Soft and substantial, this nicely modeled twinstone snake ring conveys its happy message of eternal love.
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Item #: R-20904
Country: England
Circa: 1892
Size: 8 (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 1 old European-cut diamond (approximate total weight 0.25 carat); 1 cushion-cut sapphire (approximate total weight 0.40 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: Hallmark for Chester, letter date 1892

Led by Queen Victoria herself, England embraced jewelry with snake imagery in the 19th century after her devoted and erudite husband presented her with a serpent ring as a wedding gift. Nineteenth century European society, with its fascination for ancient classical culture and the revelations of the nascent study of archaeology, eagerly embraced its ancient Roman symbolism connoting eternal love and wisdom. The captivating motif persisted in popularity throughout the century.
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