“1,000 Rings” Book Review

Susan Dorling

59Rings are the great markers of time, celebrating poignant moments in our lives: love and marriage; rites of passage, such as graduations, bar mitzvahs and retirement; bonds of friendship. We dress our digits in high style, embellishing our most expressive and dynamic body part, the hands, for the whole world to see. A stunning ring is often the first thing someone notices about us. It’s not surprising the ring stars in the superb coffee-table-style book “1,000 Rings, Inspiring Ornaments for the Hand,” edited by Marthe Le Van.

“1,000 Rings” displays 1,000 rings in lavish photos accompanied by descriptive text.  Artists share personal stories of their creative process throughout the book. While some rings are awe-inspiring, others’ fun and funky, all are exceptional works of art created by the best contemporary jewelers, vividly representing the artists’ relationship to their craft. Showcasing compelling rings from traditional to extremely avant-garde, “1,000 Rings” showcases jewelry of…

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