According to the movie Grease, summer is a time for falling in love. So, let’s take a trip through the timeline of love to find out about a token from its history!
In the 17th century, if lovers weren’t making each other seam-free cambric shirts as a symbol of their affections, they were giving each other posie rings. These slender gold rings were inscribed with a lover’s verse of choice, often taken from the era’s popular literature. Phrases included, “All I refuse and thee I chuse,” “Feare not mee, i’le faithful bee,” or even the French “Cert à mon gré” (translation: “Certainly my choice”).
When posie rings first appeared in the 14th century, the inscriptions were normally in Norman French and were rung around their outsides. By the 16th century, though, the inscriptions scurried inside posie rings’ bands and were often expressed in English.
As time danced on into the 17th century, posie rings were also used to express friendship, but in the 18th century, these rings waltzed out of fashion, as friends and lovers found other ways to express their sweet sentiments.