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Emerald and Diamond Gold Demon Ring


This Art Nouveau gold ring, dating from circa 1900, depicts a fierce little demon with envious emerald eyes, ribbed curling horns, and streaming locks, clutching a diamond in his mouth. A favorite novelty motif of the Art Nouveau, this mischievous imp offers a little wicked, bejeweled fun for yourself or your beloved.

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Item #: R-19879
Circa: 1900
Size: 8.5 (this ring can be re-sized; please contact us for details)
Materials: 2 Round-cut emeralds; Old European-cut diamond; 14K Gold
Signed: "14HWK"

In the 19th century, the devil was viewed sometimes as an adversary to outsmart, as in Goethe’s Faust, other times as the beguiling anti-hero depicted in the poetry of Byron and Shelley. The ever-popular devil motifs seen in period rings, cuff links and stickpins served as humorous reminders to beware of the temptations of otherworldly pleasure and power, and that evil can be defeated by the love of knowledge.