Art Deco 'Toi et Moi' Box Ring
'Toi et Moi' translates from French to 'You and Me'. It refers to one of the most romantic ring styles in history. A ring that features two stones that sit side by side symbolising when two souls become one - the joining of two hearts, souls and lives.
Their tradition dates back centuries to when Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796 with a sapphire and diamond ring version. The 'Toi et Moi' style ring reached the height of it's popularity during the Edwardian and Art Deco periods.
Crafted in 18ct white gold featuring two old cut diamonds, set side by side in a classic Moi et Toi box setting. The diamonds are white, perfectly matched and display a lot of brilliance.
The pierced gallery proudly displays the two diamonds capturing the architectural influences of the art deco era. The filigree setting demonstrates pure precision engraved wheat motifs which stretch down through it's shoulders. Wheat is a common pattern built into art deco engagement rings as it symbolised prosperity and good fortune.
The ring is of exceptional craftmanship and extremely comfortable to wear. The ring has a flat profile making it perfect for everyday wear and can easily be stacked with your other favourites. The flat profile also means there is no risk of it catching on any of your clothing etc.
Given this ring is nearly 100 years old it is in wonderful condition and does not show much wear at all. The diamonds are without chips and held securely in place. The shank of the ring is strong. The is some very minor rubbing to the shoulders of the ring but this is to be expected from a piece of this age and is only noticeable when searching with a loupe. The ring has been inspected by a professional goldsmith in the famous Hatton Garden jewellery quarter in London, England.
Era: Art Deco - 1920s
Ring Size is a 53.5 EU
The filigree setting measures 12.4mm excluding the shoulders x 7.1mm
The ring sits 4mm above your finger.
The ring weighs 3.3 grams
The diamonds measure 3.4mm each in diameter.
The ring shank measures 2.6mm wide at the top of the shoulders and tapers down to 1.3mm at the bottom. The shank measures 1.8mm thick at the top of the shoulders and tapers down to 1mm at the bottom.
Hallmarks: Inner shank stamped "18k"
Materials: 18k white gold and old cut diamonds
Provenance: Detroit, USA