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Black letter posy “BON AN” - England or France, 15th century. n the Middle Ages the New Year was a time of giving lavish gifts, a custom known as “etrennes.”  These gifts often consisted of jewels and rings made of gold, silver, and gemstones. Inventories and written accounts of royalty and the aristocracy in France and England reveal the sheer splendor and generosity of such presents, exchanged among members or the court and their household.

Black letter posy “BON AN” - England or France, 15th century. n the Middle Ages the New Year was a time of giving lavish gifts, a custom known as “etrennes.” These gifts often consisted of jewels and rings made of gold, silver, and gemstones. Inventories and written accounts of royalty and the aristocracy in France and England reveal the sheer splendor and generosity of such presents, exchanged among members or the court and their household.

Love-ring with play on grammar, made in France or England in the 15th century (source). The inside of this broad hoop is engraved with a la...

Love-ring with play on grammar, made in France or England in the 15th century (source). The inside of this broad hoop is engraved with a la...

Ring in the form of a Hippocampus: Gold and silver with two garnet gemstones, cut en cabochon. Hellenistic, 3rd - 2nd Century BC. L. 3.8 cm, W. 2.8 cm, Inner diam. ring: 1.7 cm. © 2013 BADER ANCIENT ART Photo ©CLAUDIO BADER

Ring in the form of a Hippocampus: Gold and silver with two garnet gemstones, cut en cabochon. Hellenistic, 3rd - 2nd Century BC. L. 3.8 cm, W. 2.8 cm, Inner diam. ring: 1.7 cm. © 2013 BADER ANCIENT ART Photo ©CLAUDIO BADER

POSY RING “I LIKE MY CHOICE” - England, 18th century. Posy rings, their name deriving from the term poésie or poetry, are rings with mottoes or inscriptions on a plain gold band, either in prose or verse. They find mention in plays by William Shakespeare, such as Hamlet and the Merchant of Venice, but they enjoyed greatest popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They were customarily exchanged between friends, relatives and lovers, and at betrothals and wedding ceremonies.

POSY RING “I LIKE MY CHOICE” - England, 18th century. Posy rings, their name deriving from the term poésie or poetry, are rings with mottoes or inscriptions on a plain gold band, either in prose or verse. They find mention in plays by William Shakespeare, such as Hamlet and the Merchant of Venice, but they enjoyed greatest popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They were customarily exchanged between friends, relatives and lovers, and at betrothals and wedding ceremonies.

Posy ring "God's decree well pleaseth me" - England, late 17th century. Posy rings,” their name deriving from the term poesie or poetry, are rings with love poems or mottoes either in prose or verse. Their secret message hidden inside a plain gold band, which in itself, symbolizes eternity, were only known to the giver and recipient.

Posy ring "God's decree well pleaseth me" - England, late 17th century. Posy rings,” their name deriving from the term poesie or poetry, are rings with love poems or mottoes either in prose or verse. Their secret message hidden inside a plain gold band, which in itself, symbolizes eternity, were only known to the giver and recipient.

Ring, ca. 1550 Place of origin: Europe (western, made) Materials and Techniques: Gold, enamel, pink sapphire Museum number: 4397-1857 V

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Ring, ca. 1550 Place of origin: Europe (western, made) Materials and Techniques: Gold, enamel, pink sapphire Museum number: 4397-1857 V

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