Horticulture was a focal point in all manner of Victorian design. We can find representations of every kind of fruit, bug, plant, flower, leaf and twig in Victorian jewelry because of their fascination of all things botanical. They treasured the clandestine language given to gems, gifts and keepsakes they received and gave. Flowers, gifts and gems were given and received as secret and elaborate messages. When Prince Philip in 1840 gave Queen Victoria an engagement ring with a stunning snake and emerald setting, women followed and began wearing similar pieces. The snake represented eternal love and the emerald was her birthstone.