ALVR Blog: Snake Jewelry
Snakes have adorned humans since antiquity, their coils naturally forming rings, bracelets, necklaces, and armbands. While designs remained constant, the snakeâ€™s symbolism evolved over the last 6,000 years. In antiquity, serpents represented wisdom, eternity, and the form of a guardian spirit. Through much of the nineteenth-century they symbolized everlasting love, but by the fin-de-siÃ¨cle they came to be seen as a symbol of sinister danger.
In 1840 Albert presented Queen Victoria with an emerald-set engagement ring in the form of a snake biting its tail, a symbol of eternal love. At the time it was customary that an engagement ring feature the wearerâ€™s birthstone. Symbols of love and romance were recurring themes in the jewelry Albert designed for her. A true romantic of her age, Queen Victoriaâ€™s love of symbolism made snake jewelry an enduring motif throughout her reign. So precious was Prince Albertâ€™s initial token of affection that Queen Victoria is buried with the ring that inspired a renewed fashion for serpents.