Rings - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore


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

An informative & visually spectacular book all about the history of the ring.

Rings are powerfully evocative pieces of jewellery, traditionally worn as symbols of love, loyalty, remembrance or faith.

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 jewellers, rings have appeared on our fingers for hundreds of years.

In this beautifully illustrated and informative book, focusing on the V&A's collection, Rachel Church narrates the evolution of ring design from 1200 to the present day, offering a unique account of this highly popular accessory. After a general introduction, chronological chapters feature 200 varied illustrations, from period paintings and sketches to special photography of key pieces. A detailed bibliography, glossary, and index conclude the book.

An inspiring, impeccably researched, and concise history of this most ubiquitous of jewels through the ages, Rings is a must-have resource for students, designers, and lovers of jewelry and fashion.

  • Author: Rachel Church, Curator, V&A
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Date published: September 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500519745
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.6 cm

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