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English Diamond Double Snake Ring

Created in England around the turn of the 19th century, this 18K gold double snake ring is set with diamonds. Designed as two snakes with intertwined bodies and tapering tails, the double heads are set with tapering lines of old mine-cut diamonds. These sculpted, sparkling snakes stand alone carrying their ancient symbolism of love and wisdom, and can also pair nicely with gold bands or gem-set rings alike.

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Item #: R-20903
Country: England
Circa: 1899
Size: 10 (this ring can be sized; please contact the gallery for further information)
Materials: 10 old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.35 carat); 18K Gold
Signed: Hallmarks for Chester, letter date 1899, maker's mark L&W

Serpent or snake rings reached the height of their popularity in the Victorian era, among both men and women, but, from the Renaissance, the independently fashionable had worn them. In England, the Duchess of Suffolk had her portrait painted wearing a snake ring in 1559, while the Wallace Collection's Thomas Lawrence painting of George IV captured the fastidious, fashion-conscious monarch wearing a serpent on his right hand.