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Jewellery with secret meanings

1. Snake or serpents

Queen Victoria’s engagement ring from Prince Albert was a snake with its tail in its mouth. This was a symbol of eternal and everlasting love. Peaking in the 1840s, the snake represented wisdom and eternity during this period and was the popular motif on rings, bracelets, brooches and necklaces.

A late 19th century 18ct gold snake hinged bangle, with sapphire highlight. Stamped 750. Inner diameter 5.8cm. 20.2gm.

Overall condition very good. Sapphire is a deep blue hue, well saturated, with good clarity and typical inclusions and in good condition.

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