Antique 1920s Art Deco "Japanese Style" 10K gold signet ring

A rare and sumptuous 10K signet ring from the 1920s with a snake on one shoulder, cattails on the other and gemstone accents. Although I have seen this style of ring in antique catalogs before, this is the first time I have met one in person! The weighty ring (8.2 grams) was originally marketed as a gentleman's signet ring, and a highly decorative one at that. This ring has a climbing, scaly snake weaving up one shoulder with a teardrop-shaped ruby at its crest. The other shoulder has waving and woven cattails, quite a remarkable motif to see in gentleman's jewelry. The face of the ring has areas of high polish and dappled texture, with sweeping borders, gathered sides, and a diamond accent. Truly one of the prettiest and mightiest signets I have seen! 

Measurements: Size 9 1/2 US, 8.2 grams, 16 x 14mm face (widest point)
Era: 1910s-1920s
Markings: 10K and a hallmark

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