A Royal Ring No One Gets to See

The engagement ring Napoléon Bonaparte gave Joséphine de Beauharnais in 1796 will soon be on the finger of some lucky lady.

The ring, being called here in Paris the toi et moi ring, with reminders of the toi et moi ring Dodi Al Fayed bought Princess Diana but never gave her because death intervened, has been described by Osenat, the Fontainebleau-based auctioneers, as in gold with a diamond and a pear-shaped sapphire.

Said Jean-Christophe Chataignier, Head of Osenat’s Department of Historical Objects: “The ring is a very ordinary one.”

Osenat has not released any photos of the ring.

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