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Victorian Rose Cut Diamond Coiled Snake Ring

A serpent ring with a dolphin-y face, which was a *thing* in the mid 19th century, a serene mouth, and two tiny rose cut diamond eyes which make the whole thing come alive. The rose cut pear shaped diamond is so perfect that I suspect it has been re-polished or recut, but that's not a big deal. Those coils! "58" is engraved inside, most likely for 1858.


  • Materials

    15k gold (marked), 5.7mm x 4.3mm pear shaped rose cut diamond, 2 1mm rose cut diamonds

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; looks like the pear-shaped rose cut diamond has been polished or perhaps recut

  • Size

    7.5, can be resized; 1/2" width at the head, 1/4" shank

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