Rachel Church


In this beautifully illustrated and informative book, Rachel Church narrates the evolution of ring design from 1200 to the present day, offering a unique account of this highly popular accessory.

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. 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.

This book is an inspiring, impeccably researched and concise history of this most ubiquitous of jewels through the ages.


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    225 x 155mm
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    Thames & Hudson
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