Now available in paperback, this book devotes itself exclusively to rings, considering them 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.
Foreword by James Fenton * 1. Signets * 2. Love, marriage and friendship rings * 3. Devotional, apotropaic and ecclesiastical rings * 4. Memento mori and memorial rings * 5. Rings associated with illustrious people and great events * 6. Decorative rings * 7. Diamond rings * 8. The ring as an accessory