Victorian Sapphire and Diamond Double Snake Ring
Victorian Sapphire and Diamond Double Snake Ring Victorian Gold Snake Ring

  • Specifications
  • Description
  • History
  • Circa: Victorian
    Gemstones: Sapphire & Diamond
    Cut: Oval Cut Sapphire and Old Cut Diamond
    Weight & Colour: Diamond = 0.20 ct I-J/SI 
    Sapphire = 0.20 ct Light Blue Colour
    Material: 15ct Yellow Gold
    Ian Abeshouse Valuation $3,400.00
    Ring Size: P 1/2

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  • A late Victorian sapphire and diamond double snake ring. Used as a symbol of love and eternity, the snake was represented as a sentimental motif as it was the subject of Queen Victoria's engagement ring from her beloved Albert. The sapphire and old cut diamond are bead set in 15ct yellow gold on the heads of two entwined snaked. The sapphire is a light blue colour and weights 0.20ct. The diamond weights 0.20ct and is graded Colour: I to J and Clarity: SI. This ring is hallmarked Birmingham 1895.

  • Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):

    The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.

It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.

The Grand era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.

The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.