Posy ring messages

This page shows the inscriptions engraved on posy rings which have been in Wartski's stock since 2007.

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 primarly 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.



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‘A+DVTIFVL+SERVANT+DESERVED+REWADS+'

'A Frindes gift'

'A+FRIENDE'S+ GIFTE'

‘A true friends Gift'

‘A Vertuous wife preserueth life '

‘A vertuous wife preseurueth life'

'After consent ever content'

‘x AMICVS x TVVS'
'I love you.''

'As God decreed soe wee agreed'

' As gold is pure, so love is sure'

'AS I DESERVE SO I DESIER'

'As I prove I wish your love'

AXCEPT * THIS * GIFT

'Be true in Harte'

'Bee firme in faith'

'Better Neuer than not euer'

' CERT A MON GRE '
(certainly my choice)

‘Content is a treasure'

'Continew Faythfull'

'EN MI MARIE'
(to my husband)

'Far of yet not forgot'

'Feare god love thy choyse'

'Feare not mee, i'le faithful bee'

'God above increase our love'

'God made us two one'

‘God send me always of his grace'

'Harbour a harmless [pictogram of a heart]'

'Harbor the harmless hart'

'[pictogram of a heart] and hand at your command'

'Harts United Live Contented'

'Hearts United Lives Contented'

'HOPE * IS * ME* HELPE'

'I am free for God & Thee'

'I cannot show the love I O'

'I give it the to think on mee'

' I have obtained whome god ordained '

'I x LIKE x MI x CHOYSE'

'I LIKE MY CHOIES ONLY'

'I like my choyce'  '

'I like my choyse'

'I live in Hope'

'I love and like my choice'

'I rejoyce in the my choice'

'I with your pretty sight, will breed you much delight'

'In Christ and thee my comfort be'

'In love abide till death devide'

'In loyalty Ile live and dye'

'In thy breast my heart doth rest'

'In thy brest my heart doth rest'

‘In thee I find content of mind’

‘In thee my choyce I doe reioyce'

' In thee my choyce I do rejoyce'

'In thy sight is my delight'

'Let the Lord above send peace & love'

'Let this present my good intent'

+ LET + TRVTH + TRYALL +'

'Let love continue'

'Let us share in joy and care'

‘Let us share in Joy and Care'

‘Let vertue rule affection'

'Let vertue still direct thy will'

‘Let virtue be a guid to thee * '

'Live & Love'

  'Live in Love & feare the lord above'

'Love is the bond of peace'

'love never dies where vertu lies'

'Loue to be louved'

'Love vertu'

'Moe love to Myne' More love to Mine'

'My gift is myselfe'

'my hart is thine'

'My love by this presented is'

' My .loue .to .the. sal. endless. be '
My love to thee shall endless be

‘No gift like good will'

'No riches like content'

'Noe recompence but love'

'None Can Preuent the Lord's Intent'

‘Not the value but my love’

'Not the vallue but my love'

‘Of earthli joyse thou art my choys'

‘Oh hurt noty [heart pictogram] whose only joy thou art'

'PIU*FA*TEMPO*CHE*FORZA'   

'Rather dye then faith denye'

'Remember the giver'

‘Sith hands and hart with one Consent
let nought but death the Knot preuent'

Some love in earnest, some in jest,
I love her thatt I like best'

'The god of peace our love increase'

'* THE HART SAW * THE LOVE CHOSEN *
* NEVER BROKEN * JOYND ETERNAL *'

'The Lord us Bless with Good Success'

'The loue is trew that I O U'

'The Love of thee is life to me'

'The ring is round & hath no end so is my love for thy'

'True love is endless'

'True love will not remove'

'TRYFULL+NOT+WYTH+THE+TRUSTY++'

'UBI AMOR IBI FIDES'
Where T
here is Love There is Faith'

'United hearts death only parts'

'Vertue paseth ryches'

'Wee joine our harts in God'

'Wee joyne our love in God above'

'When this you se remember me'

'Yield and Conquer'

'You and I will Lovers dye'

'You have my hart'

‘You never knew a heart more true '

'+YOURES+TO+DEFE+'

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Others will be added as they are found.

An early eighteenth century posy ring we wish we had owned was inscribed

'Meet me at midnight'

Posy Rings currently in stock can be found on our Fine Jewellery page

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