“It is my prayer, it is my longing, that we may pass from this life together—a longing which shall never perish from the earth, but shall have place in the heart of every wife that loves, until the end of time; and it shall be called by my name.” - Eve (Mark Twain)
The serpent has had a place in mythology since man has been man. Chased from the Garden of Eden, sprouting from the head of a Gorgon, a dual symbol of good and evil, of medicine and poison, of fertility and revenge. Perhaps the duality of our own human nature has led every culture throughout humankind to both revere and revile them. To the Egyptians they were a symbol of royalty, to the Hindi a sign of passion, to the Romans they represented undying love. When Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria, it was at the height of a fashion revival for all things ancient and he presented her with a ring composed of two intertwined snakes to symbolize their unity and eternal love. Thus began both the engagement ring and the Victorian love affair with the serpent.
This magnificent single snake ring is set with a lively combination of diamonds and rubies. Hand crafted around 1870 in 15 karat gold, this beautiful ring contains two old European cut diamonds which together weigh .2 carats and two small rose cut diamonds eyes. It is further set with two rich pink rubies which together weigh .2 carats, one is round faceted and the other is cushion cut. The ring has no marks and has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content. The face of this ring measures 5.6 mm north to south and 20 mm across, it sits 4.4 mm off the finger and narrows to 2 mm at the back of the band. This size 7.75 US ring weighs 3.2 grams.
This wonderfully sparkly ring would make a glorious engagement or wedding ring, the Victorians would approve!
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