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 jewellers.
Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:
01 October 2017
Professional and scholarly
A / AS level
Introduction * 1. 1200 - 1500 * 2. 1500 - 1700 * 3. 1700 - 1820 * 4. 1820 - 1900 * 5. 1900 - 1950 * 6. 1950 - Present
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).
Reviews for Rings
'A small compendium worth its weight in gold' - International New York Times