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5 Lovely Toi et Moi Rings in Celebration of Valentine’s Day


Love is in the air. And in the world of fine jewels, that means we’re reminded of particularly romantic designs, such as the toi et moi ring. French for “you and me,” a toi et moi features two stones side by side.

The style first garnered attention in 1796 when Napoleon Bonaparte gave one to his future wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, that showcased a pear-shape diamond and sapphire nestled together. Jacqueline Kennedy famously redesigned her own Van Cleef & Arpels emerald-and-diamond toi et moi ring in 1961.

A symbol of partnership and unity, the toi et moi ring is, naturally, often used for engagements. It’s recently risen in popularity for engagements among celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Emily Ratajkowski, and Megan Fox (who enlisted Stephen Webster to incorporate both her and fiancé Machine Gun Kelly’s birthstones).

So in the spirit of Feb. 14, we’re celebrating with five beautiful and distinct interpretations of the lovely toi et moi style—from inimitable vintage Chaumet and Van Cleef & Arpels to modern yet still classic iterations from jewelers like Berlinger and Katkim.

Chaumet ring
Vintage Chaumet toi et moi ring (circa 1920) in 18k yellow gold with 4.2 cts. t.w. pear-cut diamonds, $60,000; 1stDibs
Berlinger ring
Toi et moi ring in 14k rose gold (also available in yellow gold, white gold, and platinum) with a 1 ct. pear-shape lab-created diamond and a 1 ct. pear-shape natural champagne diamond, $8,300; Berlinger
Lang ring
French toi et moi ring (also pictured at top) in platinum over 18k gold and 10k yellow gold with 1.76 cts. t.w. old-mine/European-cut diamonds and 0.14 ct. single-cut diamonds (circa 1900), $11,750; Lang Antiques



Van Cleef ring
Van Cleef & Arpels Double Floral toi et moi ring (circa 1980s) in 18k yellow gold with rubies and diamonds, $20,000; 1stDibs


Katkim ring
Duét Asscher ring in 18k yellow gold (also available in white gold and rose gold) with a 1.7 cts. diamond, a 0.8 ct. diamond, and 0.35 ct. t.w. baguette diamonds, $32,000; Katkim

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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