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Endearing Victorian Double Snake Ring

Endearing Victorian Double Snake Ring

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An exquisite rendition of a Victorian favourite, the double snake ring. Beautifully handcrafted in warm 15k gold, the twin serpents (with the most charming matching underbites) coil around the finger and one another but have a fairly sleek and modern look, smooth gold betraying neither scales nor eyes. Snake rings soared in popularity in the 1800s when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were engaged with one, but their use in jewelry dates back to ancient times. Representing power and passion, we love them as a gift to yourself or as a token between lovers.

Very good antique condition with reasonable wear to ruby, diamond, and gold. No visible evidence of past resizing (!), and a lovely patina throughout.

• 15k rosy yellow gold, with full British hallmarks for Chester 1884, maker's mark S.U
• Size 8.25 (slightly out of round, and fits closer to 8 due to width) and can be resized within 1.5 sizes either direction
• One early old European cut diamond and one cushion-shaped ruby
• Face of ring measures 9.9mm wide, 16.1mm across, with a rise of 3.6mm; back of band measures 3.9mm wide and 0.8mm thick
• 3.7g
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