When Machine Gun Kelly proposed to Megan Fox under a banyan tree in Puerto Rico last week, the pair set the hottest engagement ring style in stone. Two stones, to be exact.
“I know tradition is one ring, but I designed it with Stephen Webster to be two,” Kelly wrote of his choice on Instagram. “The emerald (her birth stone) and the diamond (my birth stone) set on two magnetic bands of thorns that draw together as two halves of the same soul forming the obscure heart that is our love.” The stones are pear shaped, predictably bling-heavy, and touch on Fox’s finger.
The style is formally known as “toi et moi” (or “you and me” in English): a coil banded, two gemstone ring. Ariana Grande is also a fan, as are Kylie Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski. “The toi et moi design has been around since 1796, representing the intimacy and union of two lovers coming together,” says Joanna Hardy Curator of vintage jewellery market place OmnÄque. The design shot to fame when Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Josephine de Beauharnais with one, and its fluctuated as a staple since.
The other notable poster girl of the double or nothing ring was Jackie Kennedy, whose own Van Cleef & Arpels toi et moi engagement ring saw 2.84-carat emerald meet a 2.88-carat diamond. Talk about a power couple.
“This design coming back as a trend is reflective of what people are feeling and longing for right now which is intimacy,” Hardy says. “The stones represent two people and carries a bigger message than a one stone engagement ring as it allows you to have different cuts, colours, and even birthstones. The giver is also represented in the ring as well.”
Either customise your own, like Machine Gun Kelly, or head to Messika who make them subtle with asymmetric cut diamonds. Boucheron’s are serpent inspired, while Lark & Berry have Fox size stones in the strongest shades.
Here is our pick of the best…
Lark & Berry
Lark & Berry, £2,995 , larkandberry.com
Messika, £3,880, net-a-porter.com
Boucheron , £8100, selfridges.com
Aurelia & Pierre
Aurelia & Pierre , £12,500, aureliaandpierre.com
Kimberly McDonald, $12,600, kimberlymcdonald.com
Bayco, £4,835, net-a-porter.com
Boucheron , £5700 , selfridges.com