This ancient symbol of a snake was worn in Greek and Roman eras as charms or amulets to protect the wearer. The snake or serpent is a symbol of eternity and is also associated with several healing deities, including Asclepios, the Greek god of medicine. The rings were popular throughout the 19th century. A snake ring with emerald eyes was given to Queen Victoria as an engagement ring by Prince Albert. The V&A Museum in London has a triple coiled gold ring with ruby eyes that may have been owned by King George IV.