Explore Antique Posy Rings
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.