Toi-et-moi in dance

Antique sweeping white gold ring with around one carat of diamonds, around 1920

This platinum ring from the 1920s shows a rich setting with two large brilliant-cut diamonds and ten smaller diamonds in a classic composition. The two large diamonds of about 0.45 ct each are offset from each other and seem to correspond with each other: Like two lovers in an intimate embrace, they are held securely by the ring rail that swings around them. The sensual form of the so-called Toi-et-Moi ring was developed in the years around 1900 and has lost nothing of its charisma since then. Even today, jewellery pieces are still being created that go back to this basic idea. In this ring, the white diamonds shine as if in a dance of light - giving the ring a romantic touch. The platinum brings out the radiant fire of the stones particularly beautifully, which also boast a wonderful brilliance thanks to their outstanding quality (vsi!). At the time of the ring's creation, platinum was about eight times more expensive than gold and was therefore used sparingly in many pieces of jewellery of those years. Here, however, the entire ring is forged from platinum, not just the fancy sides as is often the case. The central diamonds are cut in an early brilliant cut, so we can date the ring to around 1920. A ring that is as high quality as it is beautiful, which can be worn at all times without restriction as an expression of love and solidarity.

The juxtaposition of the ring's two protagonists identifies the ring as a so-called "Toi-et-Moi" piece of jewellery. The genre of "you-and-me" jewellery are gifts of the most romantic nature and thus mostly gifts of love. Designs with two juxtaposed, similar elements, be it two precious stones or pearls, were very popular around 1900: people loved to play with symbols. In the Art Nouveau conception, man and woman face each other as lovers; recognizable as independent elements, yet firmly united by their feelings and symbolically united in one piece of jewelry.

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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.

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