Sterling Silver Posy Rings

Sterling silver posy rings are inscribed with messages of love and friendship. In 16th and 17th century England or France, a wedding ring would invariably be inscribed with a sentiment of love, faith, and hope: a short love poem or poesy, pronounced posy. A sterling silver betrothal ring would often be replaced with the same posy ring in gold upon marriage.

The popularity of these rings is attested to by their frequent mention in Shakespeare’s plays. The tradition is older than Shakespeare’s time, but it was during the Renaissance (14th-17th Centuries) that the custom reached the height of popularity.