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Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty [Hardcover]

Diana Scarisbrick , James Fenton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 Oct 2007
This is the first book devoted exclusively to rings considered thematically rather than chronologically. The author, a world expert, has rich historical and literary knowledge. As she considers rings in all their forms she makes us delight in them as works of art, and makes their context come alive through paintings, drawings and vivid quotations.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513644
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 22.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A fascinating book that's equal parts eye candy and wow-inducing art-history lesson, this book is a must-have for ring lovers'
-- Art Jewelry

'An essential guide'
-- Harper's Bazaar

'Worth its weight in gold'
-- Antiques Info

About the Author

Diana Scarisbrick is one of the world's leading historians of jewelry. She has curated many exhibitions, and published a number of books on the subject, as well as contributing regularly to such journals as Apollo and The Burlington Magazine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars History of rings 14 Oct 2009
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A fairly interesting book going into some depth on the significance of rings through the ages in the western world, showing good colour photographs of rings, well balanced from various eras, anglo saxon, few egyptian, roman, dark ages, middle ages, right through to modern times by a few still famous names. Shows how the designs and fashon of rings has evolved over time as well as explaining the functional and personal significance of the ring to the person it was made for. An enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 4 Jan 2008
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Sumptuously illustrated, thoroughly researched and well written, this beautiful book gives a fascinating in-depth history of all kinds of rings, as well as being a good source of inspiration for jewellers and designers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rings: 18 Sep 2013
By Tiger
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This was also bought as a gift for my husband, who said it would be very useful in identifying the date of and stones in rings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 18 Oct 2008
By Meryl Osse - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who has a reverence and appreciation of finger rings, this is an amazing book. It is packed full of colour illustrations and lots of text. As a bench jewler, this is my favorite Diana Scarisbrick book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, but... 2 Dec 2010
By SAS - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 5 Oct 2009
By J. Kloss - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! You will too! Whether you're a jeweler looking for some inspiration, or collect jewelry and are interested in some Ring history, or collect art books in general, this book is fantastic. There are over 400 illustrations and photos, in color with lots of detail, as well as fascinating history about specific jewelry styles and trends. All periods are included; ancient Egypt, Greece & Rome through the middle Ages and Renaissance up to the 20th century. Unlike some of my art books that get lost on my shelf, I go back to this book again and again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid resource 20 Mar 2014
By susan wells - Published on Amazon.com
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Invaluable up to date resource for the serious collector and dealer. Photos of private collections just make one long for rings to be available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty 14 Jun 2012
By starie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so fantastic
so many pages of beautiful rings and old ring inscriptions, beautiful!
Very happy with purchase!
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