This is a gorgeously put together book, with beautiful photographs and informative text on heavy paper. In my opinion, there are far too many ancient, pre-19th century, and/or religious rings , and not enough rings from the 20th century -except for the religious rings, of course, which are not at all what I'm interested in. There was no way to tell about this in advance without the Amazon preview feature available for this title. If you're looking for a lovely treatise on the evolution of rings from ancient times to the 20th century -with heavy emphasis on religious rings (granted, religious institutions have historically been a haven for the less food/defense oriented achievements of man, jewelry among them...), then this absolutely the tome to get. If you're looking for good coverage of non-religious early to mid 20th century rings (in particular I was hoping for far better coverage of art deco rings) or for jewelry design ideas in any but the broadest historical sense, you may want to look elsewhere. Personally, I'm returning mine and getting something better suited to my interests.