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Gold posy ring, with circular hoop engraved: I do rejoice in thee my choice
17 mm internal ring diameter; 3.6 g weight
Presented by Dr Joan Evans, 1933; AN1933.1593
Taylor and Scarisbrick, Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the present day, 1978, no. 557
Posy ring: Posy rings form a large and important group in the history of English jewellery. Dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, they were generally designed as simple gold hoops engraved with a short poem or posy (from the French ‘poésy’) on the inside. Although a large portion of posy rings were given at weddings or betrothals, they were also presented as gifts on other occasions. They also served as ‘guard’ or ‘keeper’ rings worn above the more valuable gem-set ring.