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Three Snakes, Three Gems: A Tale of Victorian Intrigue

This enchanting ring, bridging the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras, captivates with a design rich in mystery and intrigue. Circa 1890, it features three serpentine forms, each snake intricately intertwined with the others, symbolizing a dance of enigmatic elegance. Adding to the allure, each snake's head is adorned with a different gem - a radiant diamond, a passionate ruby, and a serene sapphire, collectively weaving a narrative of diverse emotions and meanings. This triad of snakes and gemstones creates a captivating visual metaphor, intertwining tales of wisdom, love, and purity, inviting the wearer into a world of historical splendour and artistic mastery.

Antique jewelry object group
ring

Condition
very good condition
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Country of origin
unknown

Style
Between Victorian and Art Nouveau - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament.

The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied ar - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905).

The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as “Jugendstil”, German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms.

Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life.
See also: late-Victorian, early Art Nouveau , eclecticism
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Style specifics
The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837-1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this to be of The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period.

Jewelry of this period is changing back from heavy to more smaller, romantic pieces with often whimsical motifs. Jewelers using diamonds and bright gemstones in elaborated and fine feminine pieces.

Period
ca. 1890
Events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era.

Source of inspiration
Mother Nature

Theme
Snakes and serpents - Snakes and serpents are one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols . Considerable overlap exists in the symbolic values that serpents represent in various cultures. Some such overlap is due to the common historical ancestry of contemporary symbols. Much of the overlap, however, is traceable to the common biological characteristics of snakes.

A lot can be said about snakes and serpents. They have been worshipped since the Dark Ages and are a powerful religious symbol with many different meanings, like death and resurrection, while they have also been associated with healing and rivergods and also denote fertility, wisdom and the ability to cure.

Material
18K yellow gold (touchstone tested)
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Diamonds
One old brilliant cut diamond with an estimated weight of ± 0.50ct colour and clarity H/J, i

All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
All diamonds we offer are screened by the I.J.G.C. for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.

Precious stones
One sapphire with an estimated weight of ± 0.52ct
One ruby with an estimated weight of ± 0.53ct

All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
It is a very common practice to treat gemstones to intensify their clarity or colour. The item in question has not been tested in this regard.

Birthstones
Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April, ruby for July and sapphire for September.
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Hallmarks
No trace.
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Dimensions
band width top of ring 1,44 cm (0,57 inch)
see picture with a ruler in millimeters and inches

Weight
8,20 gram (5,27 dwt)

Ring size Continental EU: 57 & 18¼ , Size USA: 8 , Size UK: P½

Resizing
Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Adin Reference Nº
22152-0306

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