"Yours Only" Ring

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∙ Reproduction ring
∙ Engraved in period English "yovrs onli" (yours only)
∙ Sterling silver
∙ Cast by the lost-wax method
∙ Hand-finished
∙ Antiqued to highlight the inscription
∙ Sizes 5-11(whole size only)
∙ Made in the USA
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Adorn the one you adore with a message of "yovrs onli" (yours only). This reproduction ring is based on the inscription found on the original, now in the British Museum collections. The gold original of this ring, with a delicate interlacing pattern engraved on the outside, was enameled in black, red, and white. The poesy "yovrs onli" in Middle English spelling is engraved on the inside. Medieval spellings were inconsistent and are rendered here as found on the original ring. 
Poesy or love rings are gold bands engraved with a brief poem or sentiment. Inscribed rings are found as early as classical times when the inscriptions were usually dedicatory. Poesy rings reached their greatest popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries in England and France when they were used as a lover's token, a wedding ring, or simply as a means of showing regard or giving a gift. Their popularity in Elizabethan England is attested to by their frequent mention in Shakespeare's plays.
Clean with a silver polishing cloth.

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