Obsolete Fashion: Put a Posie Ring on It

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.

Are you in love with the posie ring?

2 Responses to Obsolete Fashion: Put a Posie Ring on It

  1. Sunita 06/09/2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I totally love the idea of posie rings! I think that I may have to convince my partner to have two made for us. He isn’t a jewelry person, but he usually indulges my strange tastes. : )

  2. sparkles 06/10/2011 at 2:13 am #

    these are really cute…

    they remind me of stories of people getting their wedding bands inscribed. with messages.

    the most notable in my recollection being from an episode of MASH = “over hill over dale our love will never fail”

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