This ring is a replica of a handmade ring now in the Museum of London that dates to the mid-15th century. The original ring was made of gold, and inscribed in relief around the outside of the band in the period French spelling of the time. It was bezel set with a heart-shaped red spinel in four claws. Our adaptation has a garnet in place of the spinel; both are red to maintain the symbolism. The sentiment, 'for love so sweet', touches us today as it must have touched the owner of the original when she received it. (Despite the fact that it was found in the river...hmmm! Bet that's a good story?)
These rings are cast in sterling silver using the lost-wax method and are hand finished with a hand set semi precious garnet stone.
US Sizes available - 1 each: 5, 7, 8, 9,
HISTORY: Poesy rings are rings with brief poems that express love sentiments inscribed either around the outside or on the inside of the band. This type of ring dates as early as the Roman and Greek classical times, when they were considered magical, having the power when worn to enforce the poesy engraved on them. (Tradition has it that there is a vein running directly from the fourth finger to the heart and words touching this vein have a special power.)
In the 16th and 17th century England and France, a wedding ring would invariably be inscribed with a sentiment of love, faith and hope. A silver betrothal ring would often be replaced with the same poesy ring in gold on marriage.
They reached their greatest popularity historically during the Renaissance when they were not only given as wedding rings, but used as a lover's token or simply as a means of showing fond regard or giving a gift. Many of Shakespeare's plays mention them such as Hamlet Act III, scene 2, "Is this a prologue or the poesy of a ring."
Sterling silver will retain its luster for years and frequent wearing of your jewelry will help prevent tarnishing. We recommend polishing your sterling silver jewelry with a dry silver polishing cloth available at most grocery or hardware stores. We do not recommend polishing with silver polish as this may remove the antiquing. When you are not wearing your jewelry, storing your silver in a jewelry bag will help prevent tarnishing.
Your purchase of these pieces helps support the museum community and independent jewelers dedicated to duplicating the workmanship of craftsmen from the past.
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