Token of love

Antique Garland Style Toi-et-moi Ring, Vienna circa 1905

When we talk about jewelry of the Belle Époque, we usually have the Garland style in mind. As the name suggests, garlands of leaves and flowers are a characteristic of this jewellery, as are bows and laurel leaves. These motifs were borrowed from the formal world of the 18th century, the time of Marie Antoinette. The aristocracy, but also the bourgeoisie, which had become very wealthy through industrialization, used the taste of the Ancien Régime to elegantly represent themselves. The present ring is designed in this elegant style. It features as its main setting two large old-cut diamonds, which are presented equally. This makes the ring a so-called toi-et-moi ring, whose gemstones are meant to symbolize the two lovers. Bright silver bezel settings make the two diamonds, weighing about 1.30 ct together, appear even larger. Fine curves with double petals connect the large diamonds to the ring band, making them appear like flowers. The ring bears Viennese gold hallmarks on the inside, as well as the mark of goldsmith and jeweler Salomon Bornstein, who ran his business in the first district between the 1890s and 1920s. We also discovered the ring in Vienna. Its symbolism makes it a wonderful love gift or an individual engagement ring.

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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.