Double Mystery - Amazonite Antique Snake Ring
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Two coiling snakes embrace a substantial cabochon of amazonite as they wend their way around the finger. Forming the shoulders of the shank, the heads engulf the tails symbolizing the cyclical nature of all things. The snake bodies are finely detailed with engraved scales and the heads sport garnet cabochons for the eyes. Entirely set in a warm rose gold of 15k, the blue-green of the soothing stone iridescently glows from within.
The cabochon measures 7/16 of an inch long by 5/16 of an inch wide by 3/16 of an inch high (1.1 cm long by 0.8 cm wide by 0.4 cm high). It is approximately 3.3 carats. The ring measures 11/16 of an inch in height and sits 5/16 of an inch off the finger (1.7 cm and 0.7 cm). Currently a size US 8 (UK P-1/2; Euro 18.25) and can be readily sized by our trusted jewelers.
In very good to excellent condition. Light wear to be expected and is commensurate with age; some smoothing of the snake skin texture on the snake heads and sides. At the top near the bezel of the amazonite is a minute fleck of white where nature has left her fingerprint. Dates to late Victorian or Art Nouveau time frame. With the use of amazonite and the overall style, it is more likely Art Nouveau in design. Circa 1890.