# BAJ Exercise (Analysing engagement rings) - Slides (focus on posie rings) ## Which examples have you been given? - Middle Ages Fede Rings - Pose Rings - Acrostic Jewellery 19th Century ## Identify the historic period they were created and which country they were used in. They were popular during the 15th through the 17th centuries. ## Is there a narrative behind the pieces? Any hidden meanings or messages? They were used in both England and France as lovers' gifts. The rings were also given to show regard or as a more casual gift. ## Describe the design elements: Colours, Textures, patterns, shapes, contrast, etc. Ring made of gold or silver, that has a short inscription on the surface, usually on the inside of the band for secrecy. Could also have graphics on the outside of the band. ## Can you identify any of the making techniques? Common band making with a flattened inner surface, where engraving has been used to etch the message. ## What are the traditions behind the pieces of jewellery? Posy rings acquired their name from the word “posy” or “poesy” based on the French word 'poésy', to describe a motto or poem inscribed inside a ring. The rings portrayed secret messages of love between the giver and the recipient. ##### Some example posey ring messages: ‘A kiss for peping’ ‘A loving wife during life’ ‘A true friends Gift’ ‘A true frinds guifte ‘ ‘A Vertuous wife preserueth life ‘ ‘A vertuous wife preseurueth life’ ## References - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posie_ring - https://wartski.com/posy-ring-messages/ - https://www.berganza.com/posy-rings.html - https://www.tsbrown.com/pages/the-history-behind-poesy-rings # Full slide post compilation: ![](https://i.imgur.com/QmtXcdD.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/zONtk2a.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/kSFWGr4.jpg) ###### tags: `BAJ Exercises`