Toi et moi

Antique ring with old cut diamond & natural pearl in platinum, around 1910

Toi-et-moi, You and I - this French term is used to describe rings that make two precious stones equal protagonists of the design. The two stones, often different, are placed next to each other in equal measure in these designs, thus illustrating the idea of a love affair. Even Napoleon worshipped Joséphine with such a ring for her engagement: a drop-shaped sapphire and a diamond of the same shape were set side by side along the narrow ring band. The present ring implements this idea in the taste of the early 20th century. The Belle Époque, the beautiful era, brimmed with wealth and joie de vivre, and this is exactly what the designs of the time reflected. Radiant white, in the light of diamonds, pearls and platinum, yet finely and sumptuously crafted - this was the style of the turn of the century. A large, pure old-cut diamond of about 0.81 ct and a large, cream-colored natural pearl are the protagonists of the ring. The pearl has a slightly squat bouton shape so that, despite its diameter being chosen to match the diamond, it does not tower high above it. Both center stones seem to float in matching recesses of the shield-shaped ring head. An elegantly curved platinum frame set with smaller diamonds surrounds them. This is adjoined by a narrow ring rail. The use of solid platinum (instead of platinum on gold) speaks of the high quality of the setting, as platinum was the most expensive precious metal known to the jewelry industry at the time. With its romantic symbolism and precious appointments, the ring is a classic gift of love. It is in very good condition.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.