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Embark on a journey to the heart of romance with this exquisite Belle Époque 'toi et moi' ring, originating from around 1900. Intricately crafted in 18K yellow gold and silver, this piece elegantly showcases two old brilliant cut diamonds, complemented by a cascade of rose cut diamonds and senailles. The ring, a timeless symbol of union and intimacy, reflects the opulent spirit of the era, where luxury and romanticism intertwined seamlessly. Its presumed Belgian origin adds to its allure, making it a true testament to the craftsmanship and elegance of the period.
Antique jewelry object group: Jewels of Romance: Antique Toi et Moi Ring from Belle Époque
Condition: very good 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: Belle Époque - The Belle Époque (French for "Beautiful Era") was a period in European social history that began during the late 19th century and lasted until World War I. Occurring during the time of the French Third Republic and the German Empire, the "Belle Époque" was named in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" the major powers of Europe, new technologies improved lives and the commercial arts adapted Renaissance and eighteenth-century styles to modern forms. In the newly rich United States, emerging from the Panic of 1873, the comparable epoch was dubbed the Gilded Age. In the United Kingdom, this epoch overlaps the end of what is called the Victorian Era there and the period named the Edwardian Era. or more info on styles
Style specifics: The Belle Époque (French for "Beautiful Era") was a period in European social history that began during the late 19th century from the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and lasted until World War I (1914-18).
Occurring during the time of the French Third Republic and the German Empire, the "Belle Époque" was named in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" the major powers of Europe, new technologies improved lives and the commercial arts adapted Renaissance and eighteenth-century styles to modern forms.
In the newly rich United States, emerging from the Panic of 1873, the comparable epoch was dubbed the Gilded Age. In the United Kingdom, this epoch overlaps the end of what is called the Victorian Era there and the period named the Edwardian Era.
In the Belle Époque cheap coal and cheap labour contributed to the cult of the orchid and made possible the perfection of fruits grown under glass, as the apparatus of state dinners extended to the upper classes; champagne was perfected during the Belle Époque. Exotic feathers and furs were more prominently featured in fashion than ever before, as haute couture was invented in Paris, the centre of the Belle Époque, where fashion began to move in a yearly cycle; in Paris restaurants such as Maxim's achieved a new splendour and cachet as places for the rich to parade, and the Opéra Garnier devoted enormous spaces to staircases as similar show places.
After mid-century, railways linked all the major cities of Europe to spa towns like Biarritz and Deauville; their carriages were rigorously divided into first-class and second-class, but the super-rich now began to commission private railway coaches, as exclusivity was a hallmark of opulent luxury. Bohemian lifestyles gained a different glamour, pursued in the cabarets of Montmartre.
Period: ca. 1900
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Source of inspiration: Romanticism
Theme: Toi et Moi ring - The French call this shape of rings "Toi et Moi" which means "You and me".
Material: 18k yellow gold and silver, see also: The silver on gold technique
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Diamond(s): Two old brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 0.36ct. (colour and clarity: H/J, vs/si).
16 rose cut diamonds and senailles . A senaille is a simplified rose cut diamond, a small diamond chip with perhaps a few polished facets. We do not have the weight of the rose cuts diamonds nor the senailles which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cut diamonds and senailles.
- 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.
Total diamond weight: approx. 0.36 crt. (without the rose cut diamonds)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: width of top of ring 1,62 cm (0,64 inch)
Weight: 2,80 gram (1,80 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 62 & 19¾ , Size US 10 , Size UK: T½
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 17045-0333
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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