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 fantastic double snake ring was made in England in about 1890. It is set with a bright and romantic red ruby and a sparkling old European cut diamond. This rings hallmarks are a little too rubbed to make out fully, but I can see that it was made in Chester, England of 18 karat gold. This ring measures 9 mm north to south and the face is 14.8 mm across, it’s 4.2 mm high and narrows to 3 mm at the back of the band. This ring is a size 7.5 and weighs 4 grams.
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