The Ring: Design - Past and Present

The ring is possibly the single item of human adornment which holds universal symbolic value on many different levels. As a material device to mark an emotional or spiritual bond, or a symbol of worldly status and poser, the design of this ostensibly simple ornamental object has always reflected and subtly revealed its special meanings to the point where contemporary ring design approaches the level of sculpture or high art.

This definitive study places the ring within its historical and social context, and follows the development of ring design, manufacture, and the materials used, from its earliest appearance in the 5th century BC to the experimental abstract forms of the present day.