Georgian 18 Carat Ouroboros Snake Opening Locket Ring With Turquoise Crown And Diamond Eyes 1800
Highly sought after 18 carat gold ouroboros snake, with secret hinged compartment that opens to reveal hair (hair from this ring has been removed)
His face is set with almond shaped eyes, rose cuts with rub over gold settings, and a green coloured turquoise on the crown of his head.
He looks like one of those early duck billed dolphin type of snakes. His body is hand carved with scales, mellowed down with age.
This type of ring was often seen in Germany.
The Inscription inside the band has worn away and is illegible
Ring size - 7.5 and cannot be sized
Weighs - 3.5g
Band is 5.7mm wide
Good antique condition
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Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.
The ouroboros, snake with tail in his mouth, symbolises birth and death and renewal - the circle of life.
They were very popular during the Victorian era. Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake ring for her engagement to symbolise protection and eternal love.
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