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"Nott a truer hart A live"PoesyRing

Poesy rings derive their name from the old French poesie meaning "the art of poetry". The name refers to the inscriptions on the inside of the bands which carry messages of love, devotion, friendship, and loyalty. Poesy rings were worn by both men and women throughout the Middle Ages through the the early part of the 18th century. It was believed that that significance of these engraved messages was amplified by wearing them against the skin. This poesy ring is fashioned in 22k gold. The interior is inscribed "Nott A truer hart a live". This ring is a size 5.5 and cannot be resized.


  • Materials

    22k gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1700

  • Condition

    Very good - the shape of the hoop is subtly distorted; minor surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    5.5, resizing not recommended; 2.3mm shank

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