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18th Century “I Do Rejoice” Posy Ring


The legendary jewelry historian Diana Scarsbrick wrote a book on this type of ring in 2021; it’s called “I like my Choyce”. She focuses on maybe the most personal of all rings: those associated with love and marriage. The majority of the gold bands are inscribed with English mottos expressing admiration, affection, and pledges of fidelity. Known as posies, these rings were popular from the late Middle Ages until the middle of the nineteenth century, and they help reveal the social etiquette and customs of their time. Our ring says “I do rejoice” because the wearer “likes their choice” of mate. It would have been an obvious rhyme back then, and meant that they were thrilled to be marrying for love.


  • Materials

    22k gold (tests and marked)

  • Age

    c. 1780

  • Condition

    Very good - wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    5.5, resizing not recommended; 2.2mm shank

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.