One either likes snakes or dislikes them, but snakes have been a popular theme in jewelry for centuries. This snake ring is sterling and so marked along with the maker's mark. The snake is a cobra, or asp if you were Cleopatra , and is very detailed as shown in the photos. It is very easy to see the scales on its head. Well designed, there are openings in the silver that also give the look of scales. The snake is set with marcasites, all present, so don't let the openings in the silver fool you. The eyes are red cabochons which give it a fearsome look. The ring is a size 5 and 3/4 on my mandrel. It you love snakes, this is a great ring from a Portland , Maine estate to add to your silver jewelry collection.
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