You No Other - Sterling Silver Poesy Ring - Medieval French - 15th c.

$55.00


Inscribed in French: Vous et nul autre, meaning 'you and no other'.

The design of this ring was inspired by a ring from the 15th century, now in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The original ring was probably made in England, although the poesy inscription is in French as French remained the language of the English nobility until the late 1400s. The letters are engraved in a Gothic script and surrounded by floral patterns and inscribed decorations. The power and simplicity of its declaration of love is as relevant today as it was 600 years ago.

These rings are cast in sterling silver using the lost-wax method and are hand finished.
US Sizes available - 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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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