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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: V&A Publishing (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851776508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851776504
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rachel Church is Curator of Metalwork at the V&A.

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By Cheryl on 25 Nov. 2013
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A lovely little book covering the history of rings and how they have developed over the years. With great images.
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Not a lot to say other than this is another super little book in this untitled (20cm. x 21cm.) series from the V&A . Informative , well
presented and illustrated it almost makes you want to forsake the rural delights of North Yorkshire to trudge down to London and see the collection for oneself - but not quite !
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By D. A. C. Borrett on 12 Jan. 2015
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Wonderful illustrations.
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Fascinating history of rings and their historical and sentimental significance 24 Feb. 2014
By marcyren - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love jewelry and history, this is a must read. The photos from the collection at the V & A museum alone are worth a look. Highly recommended.
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Lovely rings 20 July 2014
By Pippa Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found "Rings" by Rachel Church at my local B&N store and I had to have it. This is a handsome, small book featuring rings from the jewelry collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. "Rings" offers a look at the evolution of ring styles and designs from 1200 to the present. I felt in love with this book because of the old rings. The contemporary ones were too artsy for me, but it was interesting to see how artists and designers can push the limits with innovative and unexpected ring creations.

The sections on rings from the Middle Ages to the 1940s, each gorgeously illustrated with color photographs, were like candy to my eyes. Among the types of rings pictured in the book are diamond rings, gem-set rings, mourning rings, commemorative ones, posy rings, memento mori rings, and signet rings. Accompanying the beautiful photographs is a wealth of information on how rings were designed, created, worn, and their significance both as sentimental and practical objects throughout history. I was particularly moved by the inscriptions etched on some of the rings. They were reminders of love, loss, mortality, or of hope, like the one made for a 17th century child that said, "This spark will grow." In addition to the rings, there are portrait paintings showing how rings were worn at a particular period of time.

Rachel Church's "Rings" definitely belongs on the shelves of those who are interested in jewelry history and/or in collecting vintage jewelry. This is a book I'll return to over and over again.
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Jewel of a book! 16 May 2014
By Basbleu - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, this is a gorgeous book! Lays out the history and significance of rings, and is magnificently illustrated throughout. Highly recommended!
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