I faveour as I find
‘The posies on your ring are always next to the finger, not to be seene of him that holdeth you by the hand, and yet knowne by you that weare them on your hands.’ John Lyly, 1579.
High carat gold posy ring, circa 1680 – 1700. The ring is inscribed within in Italic Script : I faveour as I find, the archaic spelling delightfully irregular. The posy is cited in Evans’ English Posies and Posy Rings. Posy rings derive their name from the word ‘posy’ or ‘poesy’ – a derivative of poetry, meaning short rhyme. Posy rings were used to communicate secret messages of love between the giver and the recipient. The wearing of words against the skin was believed to increase their efficacy. The ring is size K [US 5 and 1/8] and in very fine and most wearable condition.