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Gold and Diamond Double Serpent Ring


This ring is designed as gold double serpents with old pear-cut diamond heads and rose-cut diamond eyes, a Victorian design popularized by the royal wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Give and receive these lovingly entwined serpents for the finger as a romantic metaphor for eternal love.

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Item #: R-18608
Country: England (attributed to)
Circa: 1870s-1890s
Size: 11.25 (this ring may be resized, please contact us for further information)
Materials: 2 Old European pear-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.00 carat); 4 Rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.04 carat); 18K Gold
Literature: Similar double serpent ring, dated 1870, is pictured in Understanding Jewelry, by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Woodbridge, UK: Antique Collectors’ Club, Ltd, p. 193

To celebrate their engagement, Prince Albert presented a snake ring to the young Queen Victoria, sparking the popular custom of giving engagement rings, and reviving the Roman symbolism of the snake as an emblem of affection for the ages.