Two and yet one
Delicate "Toi-et-Moi" ring with natural pearl & diamonds, circa 1900
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. This ring from the early years of this fashion presents a natural pearl from the Persian Gulf and an old-cut diamond as its central protagonists. Other glittering rose-cut diamonds occupy the curved ring shoulders. Because they are set in platinum, a play of white reflections is created that appears delicate and elegant. The juxtaposition of the two large elements, the pearl and the diamond, also identifies the ring as a so-called "Toi-et-Moi" piece of jewellery. The genre of these "you-and-me" jewels are gifts of a romantic nature and typical 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 materials used, the cuts of the stones and the shape of the ring allow us to date it to the years before the turn of the last century. It is in first-class condition and a wonderful, precious piece. We discovered it in Paris.
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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.