Wednesday 29 September 2021
“Despite its rigidly defined form, the finger ring has been subject to an incredible wealth of interpretations…” the words of the renowned jeweller and collector of rings Louis Koch. Join jewellery historian Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson as she explores the radical change in ring design from 1900 onwards, moving away from its conventional circular form.
Rings are the most personal of all jewels, they mark the stages in the life of an individual, were given as symbols of love and friendship, or worn as a sign of rank and authority. From the 1950s onwards they have developed into autobiographical expressions of the jeweller, a reflection of a society and art movements like never before.
This talk will explore rare examples from The Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection of both pioneering ring designer-makers and more recent acquisitions, alongside other major collections both public and private, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection in the Swiss National Museum, Zurich.
Dr Beatriz Chadour-Sampson is an international jewellery historian, author and lecturer, as well as being an Associate Member of the Goldsmiths’ Company. She was the curator of the Alice and Louis Koch Collection of finger rings, which is now in the Swiss National Museum, Zurich and consultant curator to the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.