Faithful to One, Traditional English Posy Ring in 14K White Gold
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Item # BR004-WG
A Renaissance love sentiment around the inside of the band graces this 16th C. to 17th C posy ring, The full wording is: Faithles to none yet faithfull to one, in period English spelling. A decorative floral motif embellishes the outside. The original ring, from which this is licensed, is in the British Museum.
Available in 14K white gold in whole and half sizes 5 – 11.75 (UK Size X+.5). You may also select yellow or white gold or platinum under this listing. Band width: a very narrow 3.5mm, as was popularized during the Renaissance era; profile 1.8mm; weight: 3gm. Measurements are approximate and may vary slightly with finger size of ring.
Antiquing: Please note that the antiquing (the usually soft medium-grey of the lettering and/or designs) on posy rings is hand-applied and thus varies from ring to ring. Two made at the same time will match each other. But we can’t guarantee the level of darkness or lightness achieved in your lettering. Thanks for your understanding!
Includes a history card and a chic ring box. Hand-crafted to your order in the U.S. by the ancient art of lost-wax casting. A portion of the proceeds of this ring supports the British Museum.
Most posy ring sizes do not match traditional U.S. sizes. We will guarantee your size, if you use our ring sizer (following our detailed instructions) before we make your gold posy ring.
When you order your sizer at the time of your ring order, we will hold your order until you have confirmed the size by email, and only then will we make your ring.
This means that if we deliver your ring, and it does not fit . . .
Within the U.S., we will cover the round trip shipping, resize fee, or restock fee for an exchange.
Outside the U.S., we will provide discounted round trip shipping and cover the resize fee or restock fee for your ring.
If you wish us to ‘Guarantee Your Fit,’ you have two choices:
1. You may order a ring sizer for a modest fee prior to ordering your ring(s). Order your ring sizer here.
2. Request a sizer as part of your order at the time that you order your ring(s), and we will hold your order, send your sizer, and wait for an email from you with your size(s).
In either case, we will mail a ring sizer to you promptly. This is a physical, plastic set of rings in whole and half sizes that you can play with until you are certain you have a correct size. And if you find one plastic ring is too big and one is too small, we can make a quarter size for you. Please follow our included instructions for best fit.
Your gold poesy ring(s) will be hand-made to your order and will ship in four to five weeks.
Whether spelled posie, poesy, posey, or posy, the word is pronounced ‘posy’ and refers to a ring that was popular during medieval and Renaissance times as a gift from lover to beloved. Quotations from courtship stories were inscribed, usually on the inside, but sometimes on the outside of the ring. Shakespeare popularized the rings by mentioning them in several of his plays. In Hamlet, ‘Is this a prologue or the posy of a ring?’
From the British Museum: By 1430 love rings engraved with inscriptions were known as ‘posies’ (from ‘poesy’ or poetry). In the 13th and 14th centuries the language of the posy was usually French, but from the 15th century English became increasingly common. Rings were given on many occasions. They often seem to have been declarations of love, rather than formal betrothal or marriage rings.
Another quote from the British Museum: This ring is known as a posy ring, deriving from the French ‘poesie ‘ (poetry). Posy rings were plain hoops inscribed with mottoes or saying, that might express sentiments of faith, commemoration, friendship and love. It was an especially popular type of ring in the fifteenth century. The romantic inscriptions on posy rings suggest that they were also used for weddings.