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Rings (Accessories)

Rachel Church

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A fascinating historical overview of the evolution of ring design from the Middle Ages to today, illustrated with almost 200 rare and luxurious examples drawn from the V&A's collections


Rings are powerfully evocative pieces of jewelry, traditionally worn as symbols of love, loyalty, remembrance or faith. Focusing on the V&A’s world-famous collection, Rings tells the story of their evolution from sculptural gem-set bands worn in medieval times to Art Deco masterpieces, dramatic gemstone ‘rocks’ of the 1950s, and innovative works of art created by contemporary jewelers.


'A small compendium worth its weight in gold'
International New York Times

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Revised

Size: 22.7 x 15.7 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 14 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500519745

Contents List

Introduction • 1. 1200 – 1500 • 2. 1500 – 1700 • 3. 1700 – 1820 • 4. 1820 – 1900 • 5. 1900 – 1950 • 6. 1950 – Present

About the Author

Rachel Church is a Curator in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum with a special responsibility for the rings collection. She has published and lectured on jewelry and worked on the re-display of the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. She has contributed to a number of V&A publications, including writing on gold boxes in The Gilbert Collection at the V&A (2009).