Estate 14k Gold Two-Tone Diamond Toi Et Moi Halo Ring
MEASUREMENT: Shank 1.5mm, Top/Design 1/4″ – 3/8″
WEIGHT: 2.8 Grams
GEM: Emerald Cut Diamond .37 Carat VS1 Clarity, F Color, Round Brilliant Cut Diamond .52 Carat Si2 Clarity, N Color, Accent Diamonds .28 ctw VS2 Clarity, G Color
SIZE: 5 3/4 Ring can be sized for an additional fee. Please inquire if needed.
COMPOSITION: 14k White and Yellow Gold, Acid tested
MARKS: g14k g22k d0.275ct
CONDITION: Estate Item, Excellent (minimal wear)
COMMENTS: Wonderfully crafted with a juxtaposing design, this fashionable diamond ring features two larger diamonds inside sparkling halo settings. The round brilliant diamond measures just over 1/2 carat and is set in a rich 22k gold head emphasizing the warm yellow hue. It contrasts brilliantly against the bright white emerald cut diamond measuring .37 carat. Both main stones are surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds securely prong-set in the halos. The emerald cut diamond halo measures 1/4″ north to south with the round diamond and halo measuring 3/8″. The two halos come up from the diamond-accented shank to stand side by side with a small gap in between them.
Meaning “you and me” in French, their name alone puts toi et moi rings in the running for the most romantic jewel of all time. But what gives this style of ring the amorous edge is its heritage. Inextricably linked with a love story of historic proportions, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to look at the meaning and significance of this classic design, which is enjoying a popular revival.
Toi et moi refers to a ring with two gems that sit side by side or close to each other, symbolising two souls becoming one. A classic toi et moi ring features two stones of a similar size and cut, but in recent years designers have been playing with the concept, juxtaposing different motifs and materials, as well as gems.
The tradition of giving toi et moi rings to represent the love between two people dates back centuries, but it was one very famous couple and their scandalous relationship that brought the look to the attention of a wider audience. In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte, at the time a revolutionary soldier in the French army, proposed to Joséphine de Beauharnais. She married him a mere three weeks later, but Napoleon’s family were fiercely against the union.
Circa 2000’s. Pictured as received from a local estate. Excellent estate condition with minimal wear indicative of age.
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