"Toi et moi" (you and me) refers to a ring with two gems that sit side by side or close to each other, symbolising two souls becoming one.
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 that propelled the style into the spotlight. In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte, at the time a revolutionary soldier in the French army, proposed to Joséphine de Beauharnais with a Toi et Moi engagement ring set with a pear cut sapphire and diamond. She married him a mere three weeks later but, Napoleon’s family were fiercely against the union. An at-the-time shocking six years older than him, Joséphine was also a widow with two children from her previous marriage. But the future Emperor of France was smitten, and it was a love story that has gone down in history as one of the most passionate of all time.
Toi et Moi rings enjoyed popularity through the Victorian Eraand into the 20th Century.President John F. Kennedy gave an emerald and diamond version to Jackie O., with glittering marquise cut accent diamonds curving around the main gems and cascading into the shoulders.
This antique Toi et Moi ring features two natural pearls flanked with rose cut diamonds set into star settings. This ring is a size 8.25/8.5, weighs 3.9g and is hallmarked with the French eagle import mark with "75" at the centre, indicating the Paris assay office. It has been fashioned in 18k gold. In wonderful condition, one pearl has a natural indent. You will receive the pictured ring.
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