Like it or not, our human history and mythology is highly connected to the imagery and iconography of the serpent. Cleopatra wore golden snakes, Eve was notoriously taken in by one, the Buddhists say that Mucalinda, king of the snakes, guarded the Buddha while he sat in meditation, and the ancient Egyptians worshiped the snake goddess Wajet, who protected the pharaohs, while simultaneously fearing her son, Nehebkau, the two headed serpent who guarded the entrance to the underworld. The snake biting it's own tail has been used through the ages to represent the cyclic and infinite nature of all of life, and the motif is thought to have been inspired by the stars of the Milky Way. Snakes intertwined have long embodied the perfection and eternity of love.
This unusual and beautifully hand crafted ring is made up of not one or two, but four fantastic snakes curing their way around your finger. Each snakes head is set with a different gemstone, representing the four most precious of stones, diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. I knew I had to have the rare and lovely thing the second that I first laid eyes on it. This ring is a size 8 and would be difficult (although not impossible) to re-size; it measures 15 mm north to south and weighs 4.2 grams. This ring is marked with ‘585’ indicating that it’s 14 karat gold. I’m not certain where it was made, but it likely dates to about 1890-1900, I found it in Belgium.
There is something very powerful about a man in a gold ring. Throw in a couple of snakes and that power speaks to yummy. (This ring would be equally beautiful and powerful on a woman, don’t get me wrong).
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Sapphires have been attributed to royalty since the beginning of written history. The color and rarity of the stone signified power and wealth. During the Middle Ages, sapphires were thought to be the divine stone, to shield the wearer from harm and disease. The Edwardian era marked a time of luxury and indulgence. Sapphire motifs with pearl accents, like this necklace, were fashionable.
This breathtaking antique Arts and Crafts sapphire and pearl gold necklace was made in England, around 1910. I feel confident in attributing this necklace to The Artificers’ Guild, which was founded in 1901. It was one of the few Arts & Crafts inspired businesses in England to find commercial success. This piece features meandering golden tree branches with 14 white lustrous pearls for leaves; each pearl measures 2.5 mm in diameter. It’s an undulating design with three sapphires that gradate from darkest to lightest as they flow from the top to the bottom, and total a weight of 3.1 carats. The main feature measures 64 x 52 mm. This necklace weighs 12.2 grams and is 22 inches in length, including the drop. It is hallmarked with the gold purity mark, ‘15ct’, signifying it was made in 15 karat gold.
This nature-inspired necklace curves smoothly about and would be a positively perfect gift, even for yourself.
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Item ID: NE0317020V
When I go to Europe, I always go shopping in London. Sometimes I also go to Paris, other times to Amsterdam, and once in a happy while, I visit the diamond capital of the world, where jewelry shops lines the streets and chocolate stores cap the corners, Antwerp.
I bought this fantastic ring in Antwerp, up the winding stairs of my friends Atelier, up to the top floor where sunlight streams in through skylights making diamonds sparkle and sapphires shimmer. This ring is French in origin, hand crafted in 18 karat gold and set with a single soft blue oval faceted sapphire. The stone measures 7.6 x 6.7 x 3.4 mm and weighs approximately 1.4 carats, it has some slight feather inclusions that are only visible with enhanced magnification. The ring is marked on the back of the shank with the French eagles head and a makers mark. It measures 10 mm north to south and has a low profile, sitting 4.1 mm off the finger, it narrows to 3.5 mm at the back of the band. This ring is a size 7.75 US and could be re-sized to suit, with care being taken to preserve the marks. It weighs 9.9 grams, a weighty and wonderfully comfortable ring. This ring would be equally suitable for a man or a woman.
This Retro ring was made around 1945-50 and would make a fantastic and unique wedding band or engagement ring.
Sapphires have been attributed to royalty since the beginning of written history. The color and rarity of the stone signified power and wealth. The idea that they came from the East, was intriguing, as it was a place branded as a treasure chest of gems and riches, most likely because of the traders selling to the West. During the Middle Ages, sapphires were thought to be the divine stone, and shield the wearer from harm and disease. The Edwardian era marked a time of luxury and indulgence. Sapphire rings with diamond accents, like this ring, were considered en vogue.
This antique Victorian sapphire and diamond gold ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England around 1900. A sapphire stone sits at the center of six diamonds that twist around the face, all set in 18 karat gold. The beautiful blue sapphire measures 3.5 mm in diameter and 2.8 mm in depth, and weighs approximately .25 carats. Each of the diamonds are round and Old European cut, totaling an approximately weight of .20 carats. The ring face measures 7.4 x13.5 x 3.8 mm off the finger and the band width is 1.4 mm at the back. It has been fully hallmarked and bears the crown mark for England, the gold purity mark, “18”, and the anchor for Birmingham. This ring is a size 7.75 and weighs 2.6 grams.
Give her an engagement ring that she’ll gaze at for hours and show off for years. This sapphire and diamond beauty should do the trick.
ITEM ID: RGA21475VA