It is no secret that toi et moi rings are trending hard lately, what with celebrities such as Megan Fox, Ariana Grande, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kylie Jenner all getting one for sentimental reasons. But romance and affection aside, the toi et moi ring (meaning you and me in French) has such a unique composition that jewellery designers today simply can’t resist giving them all sorts of creative interpretations.
The most classical toi et moi rings feature two gemstones set together on a common band, with each stone representing one half of a couple. As the French nomenclature suggests, they originate from France and date back to the late 1700s, popularised by French empress Joséphine de Beauharnais. Napolean Bonaparte had proposed to her with a toi et moi ring featuring a pear-cut diamond and pear-cut blue sapphire made by Chaumet.
This ring still exists today. In a 2013 auction it fetched close to US$1 million, and its style has never been more popular.
It was most recently seen on Megan Fox’s engagement ring, designed by British jeweller Stephen Webster. It features two large pear cut stones, a Columbian emerald and a diamond of roughly the same carat, set on two separate bands of thorns echoing fiancé Machine Gun Kelly’s grungy rock n roll style.
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande said “yes!” to Dalton Gomez when he presented her with a custom-designed engagement ring featuring a rather unusual stone pairing of a pearl with an oval-cut diamond set on a skinny band. What made the ring even more special for Grande is that the pearl is said to have come from a tie pin that was once owned by her grandfather. True or otherwise, pairing an oval-cut diamond with a pretty pearl makes just about the sweetest toi et moi engagement ring you’ll see.
Likewise, Emily Ratajkowski’s toi et moi engagement ring was custom made for her. Featuring a square princess-cut diamond with a pear-shaped diamond, it was perfect for the jewellery-loving actress-model who’s known to build her outfits around the jewellery she wants to wear.
But toi et moi rings don’t always have to be about romantic love, as Kylie Jenner proves. The celebrity mom wears matching toi et moi rings with her daughter, both of which feature a pear and a radiant cut diamond—although Jenner’s is considerably bigger than little Stormi’s.
So whether you’re looking for a ring to symbolise love, keen to get into the latest jewellery trend, or just want to experiment with fancy cut gemstones, a toi et moi ring might just be the thing you need.
Here is Vogue Singapore’s toi et moi ring edit to get you started.
Messika My Twin toi et moi diamond ring
Toi et moi rings are a Messika signature. Combining the classic toi et moi ring with a modern twist of an opened band, the French jeweller designer unites the stylised emerald cut with the sensual and sparkling pear cut.
Boucheron Serpent Bohème ring with S and XS motifs
Two beautifully asymmetrical diamond-paved drops surrounded by yellow gold beads embrace your finger as if by magic.
Delfina Delettrez Dardo diamond ring
An open band ring embellished with two heart-shaped white diamonds and pierced by an arrow.
Jemma Wynne Prive Tanzanite open ring
Gorgeous tanzanites in pear and emerald cuts surrounded by diamonds set on black rhodium plated gold, and set on shimmering yellow gold.
Jade Trau Maverick diamond ring
Jade Trau honours the natural beauty of diamonds by showcasing them in an opulent Maverick setting. We love the slim, open silhouette tipped by two marquise stones.
Chanel Coco Crush Toi et Moi ring
Chanel’s beloved quilted motif now rendered in a large version, with two overlapping and interlocking open bands tipped with diamonds.
Van Cleef & Arpels Two Butterfly Between the Finger ring
This dazzling ring combines colour and asymmetry to reinterpret the grace and beauty of butterflies in flight.
Mizuki gold, pearl, and diamond ring
A dainty ring made in 14K gold and tipped with a freshwater pearl and miniature diamond.
Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen BoHo ring
Inspired by Art Nouveau and a bohemian lifestyle, this vibrant colourful ring was shaped and set with gemstones and precious diamonds.
Dior Rose Dior Pré Catelan ring
Drawing inspiration from Monsieur Dior’s favourite flower, this yellow gold toi et moi ring features a gold and diamond bee delicately foraging through a rosebush.
Piaget Possession open ring
An open ring tipped with cabochon cut red carnelians encircled with diamonds a playful movable theme unique to the Piaget Possession collection.
Chopard Happy Hearts ring
Uniting Chopard’s heart talisman and its iconic dancing diamond concept, this Happy Hearts ring is dressed in sweet pink gold and set with a pink stone.
Rina Tairo Pebble Twin diamond ring
Sculpted to curve organically and smoothly around the finger, this elegant cocktail ring features black and blue treated diamonds in two delicate clusters.
Art Deco diamond and pearl ring
A vintage lover’s dream come true, this Art Deco style platinum ring is set all over with European-cut diamonds and features pink and white pearls.
Anita Ko Small Palm Leaf diamond ring
Emulating the natural lines of leaves on a vine, this ring has baguette cut diamonds set along the gold in a tapering style.