Faithful to One, Traditional English Posy Ring, Sterling Silver
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Item # STG-BR004R
Assure your beloved of your faithful love with this genuine reproduction of a 16th to 17th C. English ring now found in the British Museum. This ring is inscribed on the inside with the words, Faithles to none yet faithfull to one in 16th C period spelling.
Sterling silver. Order in whole or half posy sizes 5-11.5 (UK/AU sizes J – X). Band width: a fairly narrow 3.5mm, as was popular in the 16th to 17th C. The profile (depth) is 1.6mm; weight 2.5gm. Measurements are approximate and may vary slightly with finger size of ring.
Priced singIy. Order two for a pair (choosing one size at a time and placing it in your cart). Includes a history card and drawstring jewelry bag. Hand-crafted in the U.S. by the ancient lost-wax casting method.
This ring is a special order and will ship in approximately four to six 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.