Fine gold snake ring with diamond & ruby, Birmingham 1918
This ring shows the bodies of two snakes in reddish gold, entwined in a tight coil. The heads of the animals each hold a white old-cut diamond and a red ruby, and their intimate intertwining is reminiscent of the Far Eastern yin and yang symbol. The ring motif of the snake is an ancient symbol of friendship and connection. The ancient Egyptians were already familiar with this pictorial idea, and in Germany it experienced a heyday in the Biedermeier period and later a renaissance in Art Nouveau. In England, rings of this kind are called "promise rings", because they are often based on a promise, because just as the snake wraps itself seemingly unbreakably around the finger of its wearer, the friendship or love of the giver should be as firm. To this day, these rings are often gifts of everlasting friendship or worn as tokens of indissoluble love and attachment. The ring here, whose hallmark dates it to 1918, was made in Birmingham, the center of British jewelry making. It pleases with its impressive size and presence and the beautiful sparkle of the gemstones.
A special current within the art of the turn of the century was the so-called Symbolism. Formally closely related to Art Nouveau, mainly Belgian artists such as Fernand Khnopff or Félicien Rops shaped this style, but artists from France such as Gustave Moreau or Odilon Redon and Germany such as Max Klinger also created works that can be assigned to Symbolism. What the paintings, prints, drawings and jewellery designs of this period have in common is that at first glance the designs are often disconcerting or even repulsive, as there was a preference for enigmatic and unusual motifs. Snakes, beetles, skulls and apathetic looking faces populated the canvases to make the viewer think about life, religion, metyphysics and the nature of nature, true to the core sentence of the so-called Symbolist Manifesto of 1886: "The essential characteristic of Symbolist art is never to fix an idea conceptually or to express it directly".
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