For Love so Sweet, Traditional French Posy Ring, 14K Yellow Gold, No Antiquing
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Item # ML003R-YN
Pour amour say douc, in French, which translates as for love so sweet, is in raised letters in this Renaissance reproduction ring. Among the British aristocracy, who popularized these rings, French was the language of love, and it was all the rage to wear French inscribed posy rings. Licensed from the Museum of London, where now resides the original 15th C. English ring with French period spelling, from which this is cast.
Available in 14K yellow gold with a sparkling white CZ. Available in whole and half sizes from 5 to 9.5 (UK/AU sizes J – S). Band width: 5.5mm; weight 5gm. Measurements are approximate and may vary slightly with finger size of ring.
Priced singly. Order two for a pair (choosing one size at a time and placing it in your basket). 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 Museum of London.
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.