The newest trend right now in jewelry is the two-stone Diamond Ring. It usually features two prominent stones in the center, occasionally with smaller diamonds highlighting the design. One center stone represents the love of your life, the other represents your best friend. This is a beautiful and romantic idea. But believe it or not, it is not an original idea.
Two stone rings have been popular for centuries, the most famous of which is the Engagement Ring that Napoleon Bonaparte gave his first wife Josephine.
The golden ring is in an 18th century setting called “toi et moi,” “You and Me,” with opposing tear-shaped jewels — a blue sapphire and a diamond. The carat weight of the two gems is little less than a carat each. The ring may seem unimpressive considering the names attached to it are an emperor and empress, but it actually illustrates Napoleon’s passion for his future queen.
“At the time Napoleon was a young and promising officer, but he was not rich. He must have broken his wallet to buy this quality ring,” Osenat auction house (where Napoleon’s ring fetched over $1,000,000) expert Jean-Christophe Chataignier said.
This jewelry trend remained extremely prominent until the late 1940’s. Estate jewelry from the Edwardian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco periods frequently features 2 prominent stones.