Georgian Engraved Ouroboros Ring
A Georgian ouroboros ring with diamond eyes and superb engraved detailing all around. The snake has something of a cartoonish face (remember that the jeweller who made this ring most likely had never seen a snake IRL) and is merrily consuming its own tail. Wonderfully intricate scale engraving, it's crafted in 15ct gold and dates from the early 19th century, circa 1800.
The ouroboros (literally "tail devourer") is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent (or sometimes dragon) forming a circular shape and eating its own tail. It crops up in many cultures across many civilisations, and has meant different things to different Peoples:
Infinity and wholeness, the circular shape representing eternity, continuity, and the cyclical nature of life. The unity of opposites: creation and destruction, beginning and end, life and death.
Self-reflection and introspection, encouraging us to look inwards to reflect on our beliefs, our actions, and ultimately our selves.
Rebirth and renewal through transformation and growth.
Alchemy and spirituality, the ouroboros often being associated with alchemic practices. It can be seen to represent the union of opposing forces and the attainment of something "greater than its parts" - be that gold or some other valuable material, or a mode of higher consciousness or spiritual enlightenment.
Era: Georgian circa 1800
Ring size: 7.75 US or P UK/AUS. Resizing possible but the pattern may be disturbed - get in touch to discuss
Width at head: 6mm
Stones: Rose cut diamonds
Marks: None, tested as 15ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition
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