From their platinum setting in this 18K yellow gold Late-Victorian "toi et moi"-engagement ring from 1900, two old European cut diamonds frolic with each other as if Cupid caught the sparkling fire of two unified souls, stored it in these diamonds and joined them together with a ribbon of 14 carré cut rubies twisting around the shank. Eight petite old European cut diamonds will help you to keep the rubies in line and to keep the main diamonds connected, so why would you not tie the knot with your significant other?
Antique jewelry object group: engagement ring (or anniversary ring), and a ring 'toi et moi'
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
Style: Late-Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration.
Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Period: ca. 1900
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Theme: Toi et Moi ring - The French call this shape of rings "Toi et Moi" which means "You and me".
Material: platinum and 18K yellow gold
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Extra information: Betrothal rings were used during Roman times, but weren't generally revived in the Western world until the 13th century. The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy.
Before the 20th century, other types of betrothal gifts were common. Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be frequently received a sewing thimble rather than a engagement ring. This practice was particularly common among religious groups that shunned jewelry. Engagement rings didn't become standard in the West until the end of the 19th century, and diamond rings didn't become common until the 1930s. Now, 80% of the women are offered a diamond ring to signify engagement. (from: Wikipedia)
Diamonds: Two old European cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.50 crt. and eight smaller old European cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.10 crt.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting. (approximate color and clarity: G/H, si/i)
Total diamond weight: approx. 0.60 crt.
Precious stones: 14 carre cut rubies . We did not check if the rubies are lab produced or not as this information has no influence on the value of this jewel. Natural rubies and lab produced rubies were both used in this era, rather more for their effect than for their intrensic value.
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Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and ruby for July.
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Hallmarks: "18" indicating 18K gold
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Dimensions: length of top of ring 1,70 cm (0,67 inch)
Weight: 3.40 gram (2.19 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 53 & 17 , Size US 6¼ , Size UK: M
Resizing: Free resizing, but because of the the way the ring is made, we cannot guarantee to make it on every size; so please ask in advance (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 13280-0033
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