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Inscribed with a message posy rings are tokens of love


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Examples of early posy rings, betrothal rings or ‘love' rings encompass rings displaying the fede motif (featuring clasped hands) which is symbolic of the marriage ceremony; these were first seen in the ancient world and saw a renewed interest in the medieval period. Tudor early diamond set betrothal rings are rarely seen nowadays, exquisite in design, they would have been reserved solely for the highest members of society. The cut of diamond seen in early ‘solitaire' designs is very different to later fashions.

Posy rings were especially popular during the period of the 16th-18th centuries in England and France, and can be recognised through the short inscription. The name posy rings derives from the French word for poem, referring to the inscription on either the interior or exterior of the ring. Posy rings were used as lover’s tokens, betrothal or wedding rings and are the inspiration for modern wedding bands. The rarest posy rings have engravings on the exterior, which are usually very ornate floral decorations. 

Berganza has amassed one of the largest collections of unusual posy rings in the world. Today these special and rare rings are highly sought after and very collectible.


Posy rings are gold rings with an inscription on the interior or exterior of the ring in French, Latin or English as these were thought of as words of love. This style of ring was particularly popular during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in France and England. They were a precursor to the modern wedding band, as they were gifted to lovers during the height of their popularity.

The inscriptions on vintage and antique posy rings were usually personal messages from one lover to another in French, Latin or English and often accompanied by floral decorations and ornate details. Perhaps this would be words from a favourite poem or something more intimate, to show their loved one how much they loved them. The unique inscriptions were an opportunity for the giver of the ring to present something unique and meaningful to their lover. which would last a lifetime.

Posy rings first and foremost symbolised love, as they were a symbol of devotion. Vintage and antique posy rings are a popular choice for wedding bands today, as there is something special about knowing this ring had been gifted to someone in the past with loving intent.

Authentic antique and vintage posy rings vary in cost quite significantly, with some costing as little as £500 and others costing upwards of £50,000.

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