A promise ring, sometimes known as a pre-engagement ring, is a simple piece of jewelry that is given as a symbol of a committed, monogamous relationship. Promise rings can be exchanged between friends, pledging friendship forever. Promise rings may also be given by a parent to a child as a way of saying “I’ll love you forever.” One type of promise ring was called a posy ring, which originated in England in the 16th century. They were named as such because they were engraved with lines from romantic poems or other short messages. Some examples of inscriptions on discovered posy rings are "united hearts death only parts" and "let us share in joy and care." A couple centuries later, during the Georgian and Victorian eras, acrostic rings became popular. The gemstones in these rings were arranged to spell out words, like a secret message. For instance, putting lapis, opal and emerald together on a ring spells the word "love".