Victorian Era Three Snake Tricolour Ring in 14k Gold
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An unusual Victorian era ring, modeled as three graceful snakes that coil together to wrap the finger. These snakes have bowing heads, each set with a different earth-mined gemstone— a blue sapphire, a diamond, and a ruby. This arrangement of gems is known as the tricolour and it usually symbolizes the French flag. These colorful tricolour gemstones are bead-set into diamond-shaped seats. Below them our snakes eyes are set with pairs of glittering rose cut diamonds. The ring's broad shank is graved to represent the bodies of our three snakes, and their little tails wiggle and curve at the end of the composition. Snake jewelry was very popular during the Victorian era, and it remains a much loved motif. Examples featuring more than two snakes are rare— these three slithering friends might be sisters, or the three fates, or a representation of the past, present and future. This is a special ring and it is very cozy in wear. It would make a fine alternative engagement ring.
c. 1890 - 1900
US 6 1/4
Ring face measures approx 16.5 x 13.9 mm; shank width is approx 5.2 mm at the base; diamond, sapphire, and ruby measure approx 2.5 mm, each.