Fabulous sterling silver double snake ring, I believe it dates from the late Victorian era. The ring is fully hallmarked with lovely crisp hallmarks but I struggled to make out the date letter. It has the lion passant for sterling silver, leopard's head for London assay and a maker's mark AJ Ld. Two snakes intertwined with scored detail.
Snakes have been a popular jewellery motif throughout the ages, they symbolize myriad different things depending on the civilization. Ancient Egyptians used the serpent to represent royalty and even deity.In Hinduism, the creature represents desire and sexual passion. The Romans took the symbol to mean everlasting love. In ancient Chinese mythology, it was believed that the snake had close relations with the gods and that they were able to prolong ones life. The creature was considered to be a symbol of reproduction and good luck.
The Victorian era brought snake jewellery into the limelight after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a ring in the image of a snake featuring an emerald-set head. The Queen pronounced the snake to be a figure of eternal love.Reaching eminence in the 1840s, the serpent represented eternity and wisdom during this period. And has remained popular and desirable ever since. UK size S - T. US size 9.25 - 9.75.
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