Antique Burma Ruby and Diamond Serpent Ring, circa 1875
Antique snake ring with fine diamonds and Burma rubies. In fine condition, this yellow gold ring of Intertwined snakes is set with old cut white diamonds and old cut natural Burma rubies, likely American, c. 1875.
Roughly 150 years old, everything about this ring is completely hand made from its gold carat of 18K to its use of ruby in the head of a snake that has diamond eyes and a diamond in the head of a snake that has ruby eyes, this is a tour de force of Victorian craftsmanship and design.
The diamonds are mine cut stones weighing 0.35 cts., estimated to be near colorless (H/I), and very slightly included to the second degree (VS2). The rubies, Burmese in origin, weigh about 0.45 cts and are also hand cut. The piece weighs 13 grams. This ring is a size 7.5 and can be resized.
Throughout the 19th century ring design that featured two snakes intertwined became popular motifs when Queen Victoria was engaged. Two snakes were frequently symbolic of everlasting love and marital intimacy. For similar reasons the design was associated with rebirth, transformation and healing.
Our example, showing remarkably little wear, could be an exquisite companion and heirloom for decades to come.
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