Please Note: The sizes listed are the ONLY sizes we have available. These rings are vintage and we are unable to procure other sizes.
Interior Inscription: Many are thee starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee.
This ring is modeled after an original gold poesy ring from the 16th or 17th century, currently in the collection of the British Museum. Spelling and grammar were inconsistent during the 16th century and earlier, and the period spelling is faithfully reproduced on this poesy ring. The outside is ornamented with sixteen round cornered stars in relief. The sentiment engraved on the interior is in period English, written and spelled exactly as on the original. Who wouldn't be charmed to receive such a declaration of love?
These are cast in sterling silver using the lost-wax method and are hand finished.
Made in the USA
ATTENTION: Please read the care instructions below!
Sizes available: 10, 11, 12
We ship via USPS Priority Mail with Insurance so that you will receive your order in 2-3 days once the package is posted. Plus, you can track it on-line!
NOTE: These vintage items have never been worn. They have been in storage or on display in the shop for over 20 years and it is time for them to go! We are still taking pictures of rings, so keep checking back for new listing! Many are one of a kind so don't delay in getting the ones you like because they will not last long!
In keeping with the authenticity of the original pieces, these rings have not be coated with a non-tarnish finish like most modern rings. Unlike gold, sterling silver will naturally tarnish or dull as it reacts with the air or your skin; it may even turn your finger green because it is an alloy....92.5 silver and 7.5 copper. 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.
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."
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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