Circa 1917, the heads of two snakes intertwine in this 18k gold Edwardian ring. The snake heads mirror each other: one snake has diamond eyes and a large natural ruby on its back, the other snake has the reverse with ruby eyes and a large Old Mine Cut diamond. The reflected image creates a yin-yang effect. The stones are bead set into carved out triangles with points that extend down the backs of the serpents. The composition of the intertwined snakes is reminiscent of a Toi Et Moi ring, bringing an added layer of romance to the design.
Snakes are a popular motif in contemporary jewelry trends, but date back to the Victorian era, when Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a ruby and emerald encrusted snake engagement ring. The image of a snake is rich with symbolism—representing temptation, rebirth, knowledge, and eternal love.
The Old Mine Cut diamond is 3.25 mm. It is bright and lively, H in color, SL1 in clarity. The natural ruby measures 3 mm; it is round faceted and has high tables, complimenting the high tables and open culet of the diamond. It presents as a rich, pink color. The diamond eyes are Rose Cut, measuring 1.5 mm each.
The interior of the ring is marked with the date letter R, for 1917, and contains the 18k mark. It also contains the mark for Chester, England. The ring weighs 6.3 grams. The face of the ring is approximately 1/2” x 5/8”.
The ring is a size 5.5 and shows evidence of having been resized.