Flowing wave

Elegant Toi-et-Moi ring with pearl & old cut diamond, circa 1905

Rings with delicately curved rails, at the ends of which precious gemstones or pearls are presented, are first encountered in the years around 1900. Inspired by the dynamic forms of Art Nouveau, this jewelry fashion quickly became a great success. No wonder that corresponding designs remained modern until the 1940s, despite all other changes in taste. The ring here has a pearl and an old-cut diamond enclosed between its arms. The ring rail seems to run between the two protagonists like a winding river, yet it does not separate the pearl and the diamond, but connects them in a delicate way. The juxtaposition of the two elements, the pearl and the diamond, identifies the ring as a so-called "Toi-et-Moi" piece of jewellery. The genre of these "you-and-me" jewels has always been gifts of love. In the imagination of the time, man and woman stand here opposite each other as lovers; recognisable as independent elements, yet firmly united by their feeling and symbolically united in one piece of jewellery. The dynamically curved ring rail is made of reddish gold, which has a particularly warm shimmer. The shoulders are additionally set with small diamond roses in platinum settings. The materials used, the cut of the diamond and the shape of the ring allow us to date it to around 1905. It is beautifully preserved and a wonderful piece that would make an excellent gift of love.

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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.