POSY RING, "I LONG TO HAVE BUT BLUSH TO CRAVE"
England, 17th century
Weight 1.4 gr.; circumference 49.95 mm., US size 5.25, UK size K ¼
Posy rings, their name deriving from the term poesie or poetry, are rings with mottoes or inscriptions on a plain gold band, either in prose or verse. They find mention in plays by William Shakespeare, such as Hamlet and the Merchant of Venice, and throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries posy rings enjoyed great popularity. Gold band with D-section, on the exterior in relief two hands clasp a heart and along the hoop are daisy-like flowers in a frieze. Inside the hoop is the engraved inscription “I long to have but blush to crave” in Italic script. The ring is in good wearable condition.