Guardian of the treasures

Magnificent vintage snake ring with ruby in gold & enamel, 2nd half of 20th century.

Be warned! The snake, as a goddess already revered in ancient times, feared and admired at the same time: Hardly any other animal arouses such intense and diverse feelings all over the world. On the one hand, it is considered dangerous due to its poison and cunning and is shunned - on the other hand, it is admired for numerous abilities attributed to it. In antiquity, the snake was regarded as a symbol of eternal life, the cleverest animal and the symbolic animal of the god of medicine, Asclepius. In the history of jewellery, too, it has accompanied us humans since the earliest days. In ancient Egypt, bangles in the shape of snakes were worn on the upper arm. In the early church she was considered the temptress of Eve and was depicted as a cunning beast of evil, shuddering but with pleasant creepiness, also in medallions with miniature paintings. Then in the 19th century there was a whole snake fashion: numerous snake rings, snake necklaces and earrings in snake motifs handed down from the Biedermeier period can be found in our range, but equally wonderful designs of Art Nouveau, which loved the symbolic animal just as much. Here is a ring that was created not so long ago and also pays homage to the snake. Forged from high-carat gold, the animal coils around the finger. Green enamel covers its body and replicates the animal's scales. The gold and green of the coatings shine seductively - but the large ruby that adorns the head of the beast shines and glows even more. The result is a piece of jewellery reminiscent of the colours of the jungle, the legendary treasures of distant regions of the world - and their mysterious, dangerous guardians, who only grant access to beauty to the skillful seeker.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.