Posy Rings - Sterling Silver

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 – or poesy ring – in gold upon marriage.

The popularity of these posy 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 of posy rings reached the height of popularity.