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Antique sapphire, ruby and diamond snake ring made in the 1890's

The snake or serpent design has been around in jewellery as far back as Roman times and found a resurgence in popularity when Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria a snake ring as her engagement ring, and here is a fabulous very large and heavy antique snake ring set with a ruby, sapphire and diamonds.

Made in 18 carat yellow gold in the 1890's, the ring measures 12.6mm wide at the point where the two heads meet, and tapers down to 7.8mm wide at the back. With a lovely rounded finish to the ring, this ring not only makes a wonderful statement on the finger thanks to its width, but also so smooth and tactile to the touch.

The pear cut ruby and sapphire each measure 0.10 carats each, and each is highlighted by being set with two single cut diamond "eyes" that total 0.02 carats. This is such a unique snake ring that has both a sapphire and ruby, and one that will certainly be hard to find and replace.

Steeped in history, this is also a wonderful example of an antique ring that will not only be a talking point, but will also surprise so many when they discover that it is over 130 years old, yet still has such a modern and contemporary look to it.


Stock# ET489

Circa: 1890




Out of stock


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Antique sapphire, ruby and diamond snake ring made in the 1890's


The snake or serpent design in jewellery goes back to Roman times and was also often seen in Georgian and Victorian times. Representing an eternal love, this romantic style has been seen throughout the ages. Indeed Queen Victoria's own engagement ring was a snake ring set with rubies, emeralds and diamonds. This entwined double antique snake ring was made in 18 carat yellow gold and set with two European cut diamonds. Made by hand, it has such a smooth and tactile feel to it.

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