‘Yovrs Onli, Traditional English Posy Ring, Sterling Silver
16th Period Spelling
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With yovrs onli inscribed on the inside of this band, you’ll always feel connected with your beloved. Sixteenth century period spelling makes this ring especially unique, as this is an exacting reproduction of a ring now in the British Museum. During the Renaissance, silver posy rings such as this one were given as tokens of friendship, regard and esteem; as promises; and engagement rings. Upon betrothal, a silver posy ring was given, to be replaced by the same ring in gold upon marriage. Today, posy rings serve the same purposes and more: a promise of love for some, a meaningful commitment or wedding ring for others.
Sterling silver. Select from whole and half sizes 5 through 12.5 (UK and AU sizes J – Z). Band width: 4.2mm; weight: 3.5gm; profile or depth: 1.6mm. 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 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 normally in stock in all sizes and typically ships within two working days. We often do a size adjustment, and we always give the rings an additional final high polish, before they go out the door. In the unlikely event that a ring size is out of stock, and we cannot ship your ring(s) timely, we’ll email you to let you know and offer options.
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.