Emerald & Diamond Snake Ring
The image of the snake has been used in some of the earlier forms of jewelry from ancient times onward. The icon again became fashionable during the Georgian era and became even more popular when Albert bestowed upon HRH Queen Victoria an engagement ring with a snake motif.
Here is an early 20th century example of the snake ring which twists around the finger with double coils of 18k yellow gold. Crowning the head is a very fine deep green emerald in a rectangular cut. This gloriously green stone measures 4.5 mm by 5 mm and is approximately .40 carats. A pair of single cut diamonds of about .02 carats is the mesmerizing eyes of this enticing serpent.
Condition: Very good; light wear as expected with age and use; evidence of old resizing visible on interior of shank.
Measurements: 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) north to south and has a weight of 7.2 grams. Currently a size US 8 (UK P 1/2; Euro 18, 57.25 mm). Our expert jewelers can size this ring to fit most.
Date & Origin: Circa 1920. Most likely American in origin.
Note: All diamond and gemstone weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.