Antique gold and silver double diamond drop toi et moi ring, 1900
A Belle Epoque silver topped yellow gold ring. The marquise is formed by two drop rose-cut diamonds weighting 4 carats c.a. This toi et moi ring is finely engraved on the back with foliate motifs. 1900 c.a. Size 12.
Anello antico in oro giallo e argento con due rose di diamante del peso di 4 carati circa in totale in una delicata cornice di rosette. Il retro di questo anello a marquise è finemente inciso con motivi fitoformi. Epoca 1900 c.a. Misura 12 modificabile.
A marquise ring can be two things: it can describe the cut of the stone within the ring; and secondly, it can describe the overall shape of the ring itself. With the marquise cut, the gemstone is elongated, creating a type of cat-eye shape. Possessing an elliptical shape with pointed ends. Is also called navette. A marquise is a hereditary rank between a count and a duke. The use of this in relation to jewellery originates from the fashions of marquises of the past. Much like today, fashion was intrinsically linked with wealth and status, and was used to display this to the world. Marquises demonstrated their rank by adorning themselves in this cut of diamond. The origin of the marquise cut dates back to 18th century in France, when Louis XV commissioned a jeweller to design a cut that resembled the lips of the woman who had stolen his heart: the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.