Poesy (n): [poh-zee] A short poem or sentiment decoratively inscribed on rings or jewelry, particularly in the middle Ages- usually a romantic gift or token of friendship.
Poesy Rings were popular throughout Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly in England and France. Although Latin inscriptions were the most numerous overall, the French and English poesy rings remain some of the most beautiful. The popularity of poesy rings in Elizabethan England is attested to by their frequent mention in Shakespeare’s plays: "...is this a prologue, or the poesy of a ring?".
Poesy Tradition has it that words which touch the skin have a particular power.
Poesy Rings were traditionally given in sterling silver as engagement rings and then replaced with gold upon marriage.
Platinum is given upon marriage or anniversary. Today, Sterling silver poesy rings are used as purity rings, promise rings, engagement rings, and wedding rings.
You can wear your poesy ring as a symbol of a dear friendship, a reminder of a lost loved one, as a pledge or promise to remain true to your heart, or to marry.
A sterling silver poesy promise ring is a gift that has meaning to both the giver and the recipient.
The best collection can be found at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.
The Victoria and Albert museum, also in England, has a notable collection as well.
The historical spelling of the word is with the "e" before the "s", and is pronounced "poh-zee".
Our Poesy Ring selection includes: English, French, Gaelic, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Christian, Asian, and Modern poesy ring styles.
The Renaissance era museum reproduction poesy rings are hand-cast from originals dating to the Renaissance era.
The oldest poesy ring in our collection is the Greek Poesy Ring with the inscription "Ep' Agatho", which translates as "good luck", and dates to 5BC.
If you'd prefer, you can shop our Poesy Rings by Ring Size
Every poesy ring comes in its own pouch. The museum reproduction poesy rings and some of the modern styles also come with a sign-able history card.
If you're giving a poesy ring as a gift, checkout our extensive ring box selection and present your poesy ring in your own, personal style.
Most of the poesy rings can be specially cast in gold and platinum, however a select few are no longer being produced and limited to in-stock sterling silver sizes only.
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