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We want our jewelry to tell a story. The pieces we wear can represent significant emotions or moments in time and no item quite competes with bridal jewelry. If you're searching for an engagement ring that feels particularly romantic, the Toi et Moi style should be on your radar.
What Is a Toi et Moi Ring?
A Toi et Moi ring is a bypass ring—a ring that coils around the finger—with two complementary gemstones. In French, "toi et moi" means "you and me."
"It is a sentimental classic," Greg Kwiat says of Toi et Moi rings. "The symbolism of two different gems coming together in harmony to create one beautiful ring is one of the most romantic expressions of love through jewelry design."
The style's romantic symbolism was "cemented" by Napoleon and Josephine, Kwiat reveals. "Their marriage in 1796 created much buzz throughout Paris. She was the widow of an aristocrat and six years senior to him, an ambitious and decidedly un-aristocrat army officer," he says. Josephine's engagement ring featured two offsetting pear shapes of sapphire and diamond—the original Toi et Moi ring!
If a ring that’s steeped in history and romance sounds of interest, continue ahead for 26 gorgeous examples of the Toi et Moi engagement ring style.