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Early 18th Century “Constant I Will Live and Dye” Gold Posy Ring

$3,800

Posy rings derive their name from the French "poésie", meaning poem or poetry. The name refers to the inscriptions on the inside of the bands which can hold messages of love, devotion, religiosity, or rhyming verse. The oldest poesy rings date to the Middle Ages, but the height of their popularity extended from the 16th century into the 1800s when they were given upon the event of a wedding or betrothal. The tradition of exchanging gold wedding bands is now common practice the world over, and rings such as this this post-Medieval posy band is where the custom finds its roots. This ring is engraved: "Constant I Will Live and Dye".

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  • Materials

    22k gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1700

  • Condition

    Very good - minor surface wear and a couple of small dings around the edges commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6.25, resizing not recommended; 3mm hoop

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