Skip to content
Late 18th Century “Love & Live Happy” Posy Ring


This late 18th century gold posy ring reads "Love & Live happy". Posy rings (from the old French poésie meaning "the art of poetry") feature inscriptions on the inside of the bands which carry messages of love, devotion, friendship, and loyalty. They were worn by both men and women throughout the Middle Ages through the end of the 18th Century. It was believed that the significance of these engraved messages was amplified by wearing them against the skin. This ring features assay marks including the bust of George III and the date letter for 1790.


  • Materials

    22k gold (marked)

  • Age

    Georgian hallmarks with bust of George III and date letter for 1790

  • Condition

    Good - surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    7, resizing not recommended; 1.7mm shank





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.