Gemstone: Ruby & Diamond
Cut: Round Cut Ruby & Old Cut Diamond
Weight & Colour: Ruby, Deep red colour measures 2.6mm diameter
Diamond, Fancy Yellow colour = 0.08ct
Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
Hallmarked London 1908
Ian Abeshouse Valuation
Ring Size: L
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An Edwardian ruby and diamond snake ring. The round cut ruby and old cut diamond are star set in 18ct yellow gold on the heads of two entwined snakes on a 6.8 mm band. The Ruby is deep red in colour and measures 2.6 mm. The fancy yellow Diamond weighs 0.08ct. The ring is hallmarked: London 1908.
During Victorian and Edwardian times, snakes were symbols of eternal love and featured quite prominently in men and womens jewellery as they were given as tokens of love.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.