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The Story Behind Jackie Kennedy’s Dazzling Toi Et Moi Engagement Ring

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Given her status as a style icon, it’s no surprise that Jackie Kennedy’s dazzling engagement ring has provided inspiration for countless brides over the years. The toi et moi design from French jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels comprised a 2.88-carat diamond and a 2.84-carat emerald, both emerald-cut, on a band of baguette-cut emeralds and diamonds. 

Toi et moi—which translates as “you and me” and features two gemstones nestled side by side—has enjoyed a surge in popularity of late, with the likes of Ariana Grande, Kylie Jenner, and Megan Fox all sporting the romantic design. But the style actually dates back centuries, with Napoleon Bonaparte proposing to Josephine de Beauharnais with one in 1796. 

Rather unusually, Jackie wasn’t photographed wearing a ring when the couple’s engagement was first announced in 1953. According to writer Jay Mulvaney, she told reporters at the time: “I haven’t one yet. Jack and I have looked at dozens of them. Some I didn’t like and others weren’t the right type.”

Jackie Kennedy’s dazzling engagement ring from JFK featured a 2.88-carat diamond and a 2.84-carat emerald, set in a toi et moi design. 

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In the end, it was actually her future father-in-law, Joseph Kennedy, who picked out the ring from Van Cleef & Arpels’s Fifth Avenue store in New York. Vanity Fair’s Edward Klein described how jeweller Louis Arpels’s wife Hélène, who knew Jackie, helped the former ambassador to the UK pick the now-famous engagement ring. 

Not afraid to put her own stamp on the design, the First Lady actually redesigned the piece nearly a decade after their wedding, replacing the baguettes with flashier marquise-cut diamonds that tapered to round-cut diamonds on the side. “The new ring made a statement and marked Jackie’s growing self-confidence personally, and in her family’s role on the world stage,” British Vogue’s jewellery director Rachel Garrahan says of the upgraded design. 

Of course, the toi et moi ring wasn’t the only influential piece that belonged to Jackie. On her later engagement to Aristotle Onassis, the shipping magnate gifted her an enormous 40-carat Lesotho III diamond ring from Harry Winston, which sold at auction for $2.6 million in 1996. Meanwhile, it was Kennedy’s so-called “swimming ring” that inspired daughter-in-law Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s diamond and sapphire engagement band. 

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Goth Bride Megan Fox Just Debuted a Blonde Lob and Blunt Bangs

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While she may have gone blonde (again), she’s still the same Megan Fox. On January 28, the future goth bride shared a photo of a small shrine dedicated to her relationship with fiancé Machine Gun Kelly, writing, “The pendulum says you guys gotta start conceptualizing the more nuanced levels of trolling.” The reason for her pointed message remains unclear.

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Fox and MGK are no strangers to manifestation and rituals. In January 2022, Fox told her followers she drank Kelly’s blood after the pair got engaged. “Just as in every lifetime before this one and as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes… And then we drank each other’s blood,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.

“Yeah. So I guess to drink each other’s blood might mislead people or people are imagining us with goblets and we’re like Game of Thrones, drinking each other’s blood,” Fox later told Glamour UK. “It’s just a few drops, but yes, we do consume each other’s blood on occasion for ritual purposes only.”



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Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner, Timothée Chalamet, and Rosalía

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Is the point-and-shoot aesthetic making a comeback? Because this week, It girls such as Dua Lipa, Rosalía, and Bella Hadid uploaded photos bathed in the gloriously unforgiving whitewash of shoddy flash photography. Hailey Bieber even took things one step further and shared a mirror selfie where the beams of flash bisect her face. The whole thing feels like a harbinger of a Myspace-era comeback of fun, bad-on-purpose photography.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of more obvious and concrete trends to be found on the celebrity section of Instagram. Troye Sivan showed off his delightful spin on “womenswear as menswear” with a Loewe appliquéd cable-knit wool sweater. The fashion crowd continues to embrace the punk-flavored power of a Chopova skirt. Addison Rae added to the ever-growing list of knockout vintage Y2K, donning a wrap skirt from Roberto Cavalli’s spring 2000 collection. And Timothée Chalamet loves Haider Ackermann (just like the rest of us). 

All in all, it was a pretty good week on Myspace—erm, I mean Instagram! 

Below, check out some of the most memorable posts of the week. 

Kylie Jenner 

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Emily Ratajkowski

Troye Sivan 

Rosalía

Dua Lipa 

Bella Hadid 

Timothée Chalamet 

Patrick Meynard 

Addison Rae 

Ashley Graham 

Hailey Bieber

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At Valentino Couture, Beauty Got a Club Kid Makeover

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Legendary hairstylist Guido Palau, meanwhile, conjured a smörgåsbord of different looks: natural hair, slicked-back hair, two-tone hair, a bleached peach buzz cut, and a shocking pink mohawk. “None of the looks were really extreme because the clothes were so beautiful and crazy and quite exaggerated,” says Guido. “I wanted to keep it cool and kind of real. You know, when you’re at a club, there’s one girl with her hair pulled back and a guy with a great haircut, and then girls with texture. It just reflects today, really. But at night.”

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