This Art Nouveau ring is fashioned is a classically fluid crossover style. Two stone rings like this one are also sometimes known as "toi et moi" rings (French for "you and me" ring), ostensibly named for the sapphire and diamond ring given to Josephine by Napoleon. This particular ring is modeled with an 18k gold head and a 14k hoop. The featured gemstones are a beautifully muted .58ct pink tourmaline and a warm .25ct golden beryl.
ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910)
Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product.
The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.