Eternal spring

Antique Toi-et-moi ring with emerald & diamonds, circa 1910

A brilliant old-cut diamond and an intense green emerald are set as the main stones in this ring. The duality of the gemstones and their equal presentation, which puts both equally in the center of attention, make the ring a so-called Toi-et-moi ring. As the name suggests, the two gemstones symbolize the lovers. Even Napoleon adored his Joséphine with such a ring of sapphire and diamond, and a century and a half later John F. Kennedy asked for the hand of his Jackie, then still Jacqueline Bouvier, with a toi-et-moi ring of emerald and diamond. Did you know that both gemstones also carry romantic connotations in Western cultural history? The diamond, for instance, is said to represent eternity because of its incomparable hardness; long before the invention of complicated faceted cuts that give diamonds their brilliance in the first place, people valued them for that. The emerald, in turn, was associated in ancient times with Venus, the goddess of love. When Veneralia, the festival of the goddess of love, was celebrated in the spring between April and May, fertile nature blossomed anew - in the color of the emerald. Both gemstones are set here at the ends of a curved ring band, which is topped with platinum and set with rose diamonds. Thus, when worn, the ring appears to be made entirely of white precious metal. Only when viewed from the side does the engraved gold of the ring band and the lower cadence become visible.

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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.