Historic Rings: Four Thousand Years of Craftsmanship
Diana ScarisbrickISBN: 4770025408;
Historic Rings presents a world-class collection of almost eight hundred rings spanning four continents and four millennia. Perhaps the most intimate form of jewelry, these miniature art objects not only encapsulate traditions and customs throughout the ages but also evoke the most personal feelings of the owners for whom they were made. Introduced here for the first time in English, the Hashimoto Collection is extraordinary in its richness and breadth. The earliest pieces, including superb artifacts from ancient Egypt, Etruria, Greece, and Rome, are followed by European rings from the medieval period through the Renaissance and up to the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, all of the major trends, artist jewelers, and designers are also fully represented. Historic Rings features many rare and valuable pieces, such as an amethyst scarab set in a gold wire hoop with beads at the shoulders dating from the second century b.c., which is the only extant...
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