Ruby and diamond ring, early 20th century. Rings in this crossover style, centring on two main stones, were very popular at the turn of the century, but they’re surprisingly rare in contemporary jewellery design. Full of movement, central to their charm is their wildly romantic name - ‘toi et moi’, or ‘you and me’ - represented by each of the two main stones. Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte gifted a ring of this design to his first bride, Josephine de Beauharnais, before setting off on a triumphant campaign, and that when she became Empress Josephine, the design caused a sensation. This beautiful late 19th century example focuses on a different but thoughtfully matched pair of stones - an unheated Burmese ruby on one end, and a sparkling Old Mine cut diamond on the other, mounted in warm yellow gold.
Why I love it...
“This is a very special ring. The diamond is amazing, it’s large and has a lot of sparkle. I love toi et moi rings, especially with a ruby and diamond twist. The diamond shoulders are equally gorgeous and the ring has an overall feeling of quality to it. And, lastly, the Burmese ruby is a stunner! A lovely vivid red with pinky undertones – unmistakably Burmese”
- Sammy, Founder
Place of Origin:
Diamond approx.. 0.95 – 1.00ct (6mm x 6mm x 4.2mm)
Ruby approx. 0.80ct (Certified with certificate as Burmese, no indications of heating or treatment)
Height 6mm / Front 13mm x 16mm
18ct yellow gold, platinum
Manufacture Date & Period:
1900-1910 / Edwardian
Condition & Wear:
Very good / Wear commensurate with age
UK O / US 7.25 (complimentary re-size available)
This ring can easily be re-sized