The Georgian Love Story Posy Band

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The Georgian Love Story Posy Band

10,000.00

Metal: 18K Gold

Era: 1730

Size: 6

What You Should Know: 

*This Ring Cannot Be Resized

    This rare piece of jewelry was once two styles of ring, combined over time into one object, telling a love story between two people. .

Posey rings were common in the 18th century with generally accepted and reused phrases. "I rejoice in my choice" (shown on inner shank) was a fairly frequent one that specifically told through the man's own voice to his partner how he felt about her and how the band he was giving her symbolized that feeling. .

Separately, skeletal rings (mourning & memento mori) were made after someone's death by their loved ones to commemorate a life lived were fairly typical and generally used similar motifs and symbols in various combinations like skeletons, picks, hour glasses and hearts. .

To see both of these ring styles together in one band is extraordinarily rare and tells the story of two lovers spread over a lifetime from when they met and fell in love -- creating a posey to mark the moment -- through to the man's death when his wife had her wedding band engraved and enameled with symbols marking his death and her love for him in the same ring. The ring itself marking both the beginning and the end of their worldly time together. .

There is another example in the V&A Museum like this ring that contains both types of ring in the same band. Many examples of one or the other type seen here exist separately. A handful together.

 

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