Spanish Heart Sterling Silver Poesy Ring - Ulster Museum in Belfast

$65.00



This dainty reproduction ring is based on an original poesy ring now in the Ulster Museum in Belfast. The ring is engraved in Spanish 'no tengo mas que darte'. It uses the charming device of a hand holding a heart to complete the phrase: 'I have nothing more to give you...' - essentially replacing 'but my heart' with the heart shape. Spanish poseys are in themselves unusual, but the use of a symbol rather than words and the small scale of the ring make it especially unique.

These rings are cast in sterling silver using the lost-wax method and are hand finished.
Clearance - Only 2 sizes left! US Sizes available - 5, 8

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."

Care Instructions:
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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