Wearing a serpent on your finger may not appeal to everyone but a striking ring is proving a snake charmer in our May 6 Fine Art and Jewellery Auction.
Early bids are coming in for a striking Victorian enamel and diamond 18ct gold serpent ring. It features an old mine-cut diamond weighing 1.2 within a blue enamel coiled serpent. The snake’s head is set with emerald and diamond eyes.
The cult of snake jewellery in the Victorian era was sparked by Prince Albert’s marriage proposal to Queen Victoria. He gave her a snake set ring with an emerald head. For Victoria the snake embodied eternal love and, in her case, it paved the way to an extremely happy marriage.