A high carat gold posy hoop, circa 1700. The ribbed band is inscribed within : Love vertue, the archaic spelling delightfully irregular. Posy rings derive their name from the word “posy” or “poesy” – a derivative of poetry meaning short rhyme. The rings were primarily 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 efficacy. The ring is a decent size – size P and 1/2 [US 7 and 3/4] and the band is 1/8 of an inch wide. In immaculate and most wearable condition.