In the early 20th century, one of the most popular interpretations of the snake as a symbol was as a representation of continuity and rebirth. From cyclical shedding of the skin to the mythical ouroboros, serpents evoked an image of renewal. Snakes were used in wedding rings and sentimental pieces to demonstrate longevity of feeling. The two-headed serpent, like the one depicted in this ring, is thought of as a more elevated fantastic version of this iconography, representing duality in the Earth and Underworld. This piece is from the 1930s, and its design is an interesting divergence from the much more common snake coiled around the finger. Undulating around a central garnet, the snake is finely detailed with delicately textured scales, and even further elevated by the beautiful antique patina of the sterling silver.
Very Good vintage condition. There are some minor chips and scratches to the garnet, one chip is visible to the naked eye on close inspection, but it does not detract from the beauty of the ring (see photos).
Ring is size 8. The face of the ring is 15/16" long. The garnet measures 8mm x 10mm. The ring weighs 7.1 grams.