The Latin phrase 'semper amemus' translates as 'our love is forever'. Most popular in England, the rings were often engraved in French or Latin, the languages of the nobility and scholarship. Poesy rings were given as engagement rings, or wedding, anniversary or friendship rings depending on the sentiment. Their popularity for hundreds of years, particularly in England and France, is attested to by their frequent mention in several of Shakespeare's plays. However, engraved rings such as these were given and exchanged as early as classical times. The original ring bearing this inscription was recorded in nineteenth century catalogues but its whereabouts today is not known. Available immediately in sterling silver or gold by special order. Whole sizes only 5-12. Band width measures 3/16th of an inch.