Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1840-1860

GUSN

GUSN-101092

Description

This ring consists of table-worked human hair encased in gold. The ring is formed as a serpent, with the human hair set in openwork gold so that the hair appears to form the serpent's scales. The serpent's head is decorated in bright blue enamel and is set with diamond chips, as are its eyes. It holds a small gold locket in its mouth decorated with chasing on one side and set with woven human hair in a glass-covered reserve on the reverse.

Details

Descriptive Terms

rings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
human hair
enamel (fused coating)
diamond (mineral)
Ring

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Vipont de Riviere Doane Merwin acquired a wide range of gems throughout her life. Vipont preferred late-Victorian and Edwardian jewelry, often altering pieces to create custom jewels.

Associated Building

Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

535

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin

Accession Number

1966.2278