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Bronte
Platinum Toi Et Moi Ring

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The Bronte is a one-of-a-kind. In 30 years, we've never seen another quite like her. Hand-crafted in precious platinum, circa 1920, she boasts not one, but two, over 1ct brilliant Old European Cut diamonds.

This ring is considered a toi et moi ring, which is French for 'you and me'. Well before the modern 2 stone diamond ring became popular, the toi et moi style came on the scene. It was popularized after Napolean Bonaparte (not Napolean Dynamite - ok, that's a bad joke) gave his wife Josephine a toi et moi ring in 1796. (The ring Napolean gave featured a diamond and a matching sapphire.) This ring started the trend of engagement rings featuring two main gemstones. The et moi toi signifies the coming together of two souls - how romantic!

The Bronte is in near perfect condition. We purchased it from an estate in Menlo Park, CA, and it had been in the family for at least 60 years we were told. It looked as if it was only worn a handful of times per year. The hand chased design was still very sharp, not worn down as we would expect. We just put a light polish on it to brighten the platinum, and that's it.

We love the hand-chased engraving on the three sides, the pierced design, the little diamond scrolls on the front and back, and the luscious emeralds really set it off. Also, notice the hand-cut milgrain detail on the edges of the metal. But the two large antique cut diamonds steal the show. Each one is well over 1.00 ct size. They are Old European Cut diamonds, which are characterized by their small crown, wider facets, open culets and produce more of a rainbow of colorful sparkle than do modern cut diamonds. These diamonds are also very fine quality, being near colorless at I color and VS1 clarity.

Don't you also love the emerald accents? They really add even more beauty! These total about .25ctw. Three of the emeralds have small chips on them, which is typical of a 100 year old (plus or minus) ring. Emeralds are fairly soft gemstones, unlike diamonds, so it is not uncommon to see some wear on them. They can be replaced, but they need to be specially cut to fit the mounting.

There are also 22 smaller accent diamonds totaling about .35ctw. The total estimated diamond weight is 2.80 ctw.

The ring measures about 10mm wide on top and tapers to 1.1mm on the bottom.

This creation is truly a one-of-kind masterpiece. The closer you look, the more beauty you see.
Metal: Platinum Center Diamonds: 1.10ct & 1.32ct Old European Cut Diamond Quality: I / VS1 Side Diamonds: .35ctw Emeralds: .25ctw Finger Size: 6.5 Circa: 1920:

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