Embrace Me: Victorian Garnet Snake Ring
For the uninitiated snake motif rings are often misunderstood. For centuries the snake or serpent design has been viewed as a symbol of rebirth, wisdom and healing. When coiled the snake image implies universal completeness. Both King George IV and Queen Victoria wore snake rings which for them represented eternity.
A gorgeous garnet oval cabochon of an approximate 5.70 carats has been foiled beneath and set closed back in a 15k yellow gold mount with patterning all around the surface. Wrapped in an embrace about the setting are two sensual snakes. Each snake head overlaps the body of its mate and tails entwine about the shoulders of the shank. Engraved details such as eyes and skin texture accent the fineness of the double shanked ring.
Date: Circa 1890.
Please note that the depth of stone cannot be determined; consequently the calculated weight may vary.
Important: Foiled jewelry should not be exposed to water for any extended period of time nor soaked in water or any other liquid. In addition, avoid steam cleaning.
Measurements: 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.8 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 5.0 grams (3.2 dwt).
Ring Size: US 7 (UK N-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 54.4 mm; Int. Dia. 17.3 mm; Japan 14) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: Partial English hallmarks for 15k.
Condition: Excellent; evidence of previous resizing visible to interior with magnification; a few minute nibbles to garnet surface mostly visible with a loupe or upon very close inspection.
Note: Gemstone was not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. Weight is approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weight.
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