With the dawn of the Victorian era comes quite a distinct change in the faces of antique snake jewelry. This is particularly thanks to the snake becoming a more romantic motif, symbolizing eternal love. On the announcement of Queen Victoria's engagement to Prince Albert in 1839, he presented her with an 18-carat gold serpent engagement ring, set with rubies for the eyes, diamonds for the mouth, and a large emerald at the center.
This new romantic association transformed the representation of snakes in jewelry, which were now usually depicted from above, often with closed mouths and wide-set eyes, and friendlier, sweeter, more romantic-looking features. They often also had heads encrusted in gems or set with one large stone, like this beaut.
A beautiful stickpin-to-ring conversion with a stunning snake coiled four times around a sizable cabochon almandine garnet, set closed back to let the garnet glow from within. This rare nesting snake is set with a delicate shank to perfectly coil around the finger. Not to mention her Diamond surprise! Examine closely, see if you can spot the small old-cut she also guards.
Materials & Features: Garnet, 15k gold, diamond
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1870, English
Measurements: Size 6.5, 2.9 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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