Edwardian Double Head Snake Ring
Snake motif rings have been a favorite for generations. Whether representing eternal love, wisdom or a guardian spirit, the symbolism is powerful. A man’s ring (originally but ideal for a woman as well) crafted in 9k rose gold, two snakes entwine, and coiled serpents take on cosmic proportions and allude to the completeness of the world and all within. Finished in meticulous detail, fine engraving realistically emulates a snake skin pattern on each head set flush with an oval faceted garnet. Open work shoulders of triple coils terminate in snake tails that extend into a wide double hoop shank.
Measurements: 9/16 of an inch (1.4 cm) at the widest from snake nose to snake nose and 3/16 of an inch (0.5 cm) in width at the back. This antique ring has a weight of 6.6 grams (3.3 dwt).
Ring Size: US 12 (UK Size X; Euro 21.24, 66.5 mm) and could be sized down a bit without disturbing the hallmarks. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: Full set of English hallmarks for Chester: 9, 375 (for 9 carat), date letter "H"; maker's mark “J.H.W.”
Condition: Very good to excellent; light wear on the snake heads and body; one small chip to one garnet only visible with magnification.
Date & Origin: Circa 1908 and is English in origin.