What are ‘Toi et Moi’ rings? Everything you need to know about the new symbols of love

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By Benedict Unang

What are ‘Toi et Moi’ rings? Everything you need to know about the new symbols of love

Heads-up—Valentine’s day is just around the corner and while we don’t need a special day to show our loved ones how much we care, most people can’t help but seize the day to pop the question, get engaged, or even get married to their partners. If you’re looking for some ring inspo, why not say yes to a ring with two stones instead of the average one-diamond ring? 

The two-stone setting, also known as ‘Toi et Moi’, which translates to ‘you and me’, has been around for a long time—dating back to the 1800s when Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to his first wife with a ring that had a pear-shaped gem made of diamond and blue sapphire. Such a distinct design has since evolved, as seen on Jacqueline Kennedy’s iconic Van Cleef & Arpels engagement ring.

In the present day, celebrities continue to favour two-stone engagement rings. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, for instance, announced their engagement early last year by showing off a ring designed by famed jeweller Stephen Webster that featured a white diamond and a teardrop emerald. 


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Ariana Grande did not miss out on the more-is-more trend, adorning a ring with a slanted oval diamond tucked away next to a pearl designed by jeweller Jack Solow. Emily Ratajkowski was also spotted wearing the two-stone ring when she was still together ex-husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard. Although the two are no longer together, such a work of art will always be remembered by jewellery enthusiasts. 


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When it comes to choosing a two-stone ring, a classic design will never go out of style, especially when redefined with colourful gemstones such as ruby, topaz, and emerald. Although the two stones are the stars of the show, they don’t have to match but should complement each other. The cut of your one-of-a-kind ‘Toi et Moi’ ring matters as well because it reveals your style. Any diamond cut will do, so if you wish to sport two different cuts, distinct shapes like a pear- and square-cut diamond set side by side might be your best bet. 

Balance out the prominence of the stones with a minimalistic band. Opt for a white gold or sterling silver band for a more polished look, or a rose gold band to create a timeless yet striking contrast. Aside from that, all you need to do is find out your ring size and head to the jewellery store! In case you still need the inspiration to take the two-stone plunge, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the ten best two-stone rings to shop right now. 


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