Like it or not, our human history and mythology is highly connected to the imagery and iconography of the serpent. Cleopatra wore golden snakes, Adam and Eve were notoriously taken in by one, the Buddhists say that Mucalinda, king of the snakes, guarded the Buddha while he sat in meditation, and the ancient Egyptians worshiped the snake goddess Wajet, who protected the pharaohs, while simultaneously fearing her son, Nehebkau, the two headed serpent who guarded the entrance to the underworld. The snake biting it's own tail has been used through the ages to represent the cyclic and infinite nature of all of life, and the motif is thought to have been inspired by the stars of the Milky Way. Two snakes intertwined have long embodied the perfection and eternity of love.
This phenomenal snake ring had me at hello. Weighing in at an impressive 21 grams, this silky smooth 9 karat gold English double snake ring was surely made for a man, although I know a couple of women who could pull it off. The approximately .4 carat almandine garnets look a bit brighter and pinker in the photos than they do on the hand, in reality the stones have a very low key and mellow glint, they would go nicely with cognac and 5 playing cards. The one point brilliant cut diamond eyes provide just enough interest to make to make those around you want to look a little bit closer. Marked on the inside of the band with the mark for 9 carat gold and the makers mark 'AJ', this ring is very hard to date. The brilliant cut diamonds in the eyes point to a date after 1925, it could have been made as late as 1950, it certainly shows some wear and has been sized at least once. Either way, it's a more modern handmade take on a Victorian classic. It would be slightly more complicated to size than an ordinary ring, but clearly it's been done once and could be done again, I wouldn't recommend changing it by more than a couple of sizes up or down, please inquire if you're curious and I'll pass the question along to my jeweler. This ring is 19 mm or 3/4 of an inch wide at the widest point and 12.5 mm or 1/2 inch wide at the narrowest point on the back of the band.
There is something very powerful about a man in a gold ring. Throw in a couple of snakes and that power speaks to yummy.
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Item ID: RGC10383V
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