Posy Ring, 17th century



A 17th century yellow gold posy ring, engraved to the interior in italicise script
‘Let virtue be thy guide’.




Gauge 3.5 mm.
Internal diameter 18mm.
UK finger size P – US finger size 7 1/2

The inscription of this ring is recorded in English Posies and Posy Rings, by Dame Joan Evans, (London, 1931), page 69.

Posy rings derive their name from the word “posy” or “Poesy” – a derivative of poetry meaning short rhyme. The rings were popular from the late medieval period onwards and 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 poignancy.