The stunning moi et to “you and me” jewelry is making a comeback and is the latest trend. It is known by its prominent 2 center stones. It can have smaller diamonds that highlight and overall design. The two stones represent the two of you and your love for each other or two important people in your life, with the center stone representing the love of your life.
This is beautiful, romantic concept and has a long history!
“Toi et Moi” stands for “You and Me” in French. The term is widely used for in the jewelry industry for rings which showcase two stones representing strong relationships.
These rings were common as engagement rings in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They symbolized 2 souls that came together, and its story apparently starts with the diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring given by Napoleon Bonaparte to his first wife Josephine in 1776.
Interestingly, Napoleon was just an officer at the time, and was not rich. Still, the ring was quite expensive for his stature. Interestingly, centuries after, the ring fetched a staggering $1 million at an auction house.
The Moi et toi trend had been widely popular until the 1940s. You could find it as part of estate jewelry from the Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Edwardian era, as they often have the two-stone rings and other jewelry pieces.
But it has more recently made a big comeback for its elegant style and romantic appeal. Interestingly, there’s no limit to the design, style, stones and precious metals you can choose.
The Moi et to style is typically seen in rings, earrings and bracelets.
Most of the time the earrings are asymmetrical. The bracelet sand rings will usually have 2 similar sized or identical gemstones which are set opposite each other.
Moi et toi rings stand for love and the coming together of two souls. There is a sense of timelessness to these rings. Not to mention how beautifully they sit on your finger. It is a unique and statement-making piece of jewelry that makes it so different from the traditional engagement rings.
At the heart of the “You and Me” design is the way the two stones harmonize each other’s beauty. It is not essential that the stones are of the same type or of the same color. You can have the diamonds mixed in different color spinels. In some cases, the diamonds have been found to be in different cuts, yet they complement each other well.
In the new trend, the moi et toi rings different from their traditional counterparts in a number of ways. Many people wear contemporary rings that don’t have precious stones. They can replace the stones with more ornamental and decorative elements.
So don’t be surprised to see white gold swirls, snake heads or flowers (in precious metals) on the new “You and Me” rings.
A popular style setting in the modern moi et toi trend is the gold ring that features opposing, tear-shaped stones – a diamond and a blue sapphire. They will have around a carat or less weight each.
An increasing number of couples are giving preference to this retro style. It demonstrates the strong passion Napoleon had for his future queen.
But that is not the only thing about the “You and Me” jewelry.
Many people prefer designing bracelets to share their love and bonding with their best friends and family. So it wouldn’t be out of context if you had a piece of moi et toi jewelry designed for your beloved, family member or best friend.