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Snake rings & earrings

Introducing our snake rings and earrings, a captivating and enchanting collection in 925 Sterling Silver inspired by the mesmerizing allure of serpents. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these accessories embody the elegance and mystique of these slithering creatures, adding a touch of intrigue and sophistication to any ensemble.

Throughout history, snakes have coiled their way into the realms of jewellery design, leaving a trail of fascination and symbolism in their wake. From ancient civilizations to modern-day fashion, these slithering creatures have captivated artisans and wearers alike, adorning rings, earrings and other types of jewellery with their sinuous grace.

Ancient Origins and Cultural Significance:

Snake-inspired jewellery finds its roots in ancient civilizations, where serpents held a potent symbolism. In ancient Egypt, the uraeus, a cobra symbol, was often incorporated into royal headdresses, emphasizing the pharaoh’s power and protection. In ancient Greece and Rome, snake motifs were associated with healing, rebirth, and wisdom, with coiled serpent rings known as ouroboros symbolizing eternal cycles.

Snake armlet

Above: Snake armlet, probably Egypt (Roman Empire), AD 1-100, gold, V & A Museum

Symbolism and Meanings:

Snakes have long been revered for their symbolic significance. As creatures shedding their skin, they represent transformation, rebirth, and renewal. Their sinuous movement symbolizes eternity, infinity, and the cyclical nature of life. In many cultures, snakes are also associated with protection, wisdom, and hidden knowledge, making them potent symbols in jewellery design.

“In many ancient cultures throughout the world, the snake has been regarded as a mythological symbol associated with health, death, immortality, transformation, power, and wisdom. A jewel in the form of a snake could bring the wearer closer to their own transformation, of being able to commune with deities on a higher level of consciousness.”

~ Carol Elkins, senior vice president of Sotheby’s jewellery department, in BAZAAR.

Evolution and Adaptation:

Over time, snake-inspired jewellery has evolved to suit changing design sensibilities. Victorian-era jewellery often featured serpents, often in the form of coiled rings or earrings embellished with gemstones. In the Art Nouveau period, snakes were depicted with fluid lines and organic forms, symbolizing sensuality and the mystical. Today, contemporary designers continue to reinterpret snake motifs, infusing them with modern aesthetics and materials.

Snake necklace

Above: Victorian snake necklace circa 1860-70, Charlotte Sayers

Contemporary Allure:

Despite their ancient roots, snake rings and earrings remain popular today, captivating both fashion enthusiasts and those seeking symbolic adornments. Modern designs range from delicate and minimalist snake motifs to bold, statement pieces. Snake-inspired jewellery is often crafted using precious metals, adorned with gemstones, or embellished with intricate details to capture the beauty and allure of these enigmatic creatures.

Celebrities and Fashion Influences:

The allure of snake-inspired jewellery extends to the red carpet and the world of fashion. Renowned designers and celebrities have embraced the captivating charm of snake rings and earrings, donning them as a distinctive style statement. From iconic figures like Cleopatra, who adorned herself with snake-inspired accessories, to contemporary fashion icons, the snake motif continues to captivate and inspire.

“Both men and women have worn snake jewellery, but in the modern era, these twisty emblems tend to be wrapped around female-identifying forms. And when the right woman dons a serpent, the effect is nothing short of iconic.”

~ Katy Kelleher in Jezebel

In conclusion:

Snakes in jewellery design have transcended time, cultures, and fashion trends, leaving an indelible mark on the world of adornment. Whether worn as a symbol of protection, a nod to ancient civilizations, or simply as an expression of personal style, snake rings and earrings continue to fascinate and enchant. As we delve into the intriguing world of snake-inspired jewellery, we realize that these serpents will forever coil their way into our hearts and onto our fingers and ears, their enduring allure forever intact.