Series: Dover Jewelry and Metalwork
Paperback: 399 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (December 8, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Not only does this book give you the history of this still culturally significant custom of rings and the giving of rings, it delves into the background and techniques of magic rings, including the significance and symbolism of all materials used. Very thorough.
RINGS FOR THE FINGER (1917) by George Frederick Kunz is a nice, updating piece of research meant to compliment Sir William Jones' Victorian masterpiece, Finger-Ring Lore: Historical, Legendary, Anecdotal (Classic Reprint) (see my review). Kunz, who was a famed mineralogist, did the common Edwardian thing and sort of lifted Jones' work more or less as Jones published. This was no big deal, as Jones himself nearly plagiarized all his sources as well.Still this is a handy paperback, good for reference and shows a number of fuzzy old photos (which Jones could not do). All you need to know about the mythology and some of the history behind rings and folklore is here. Bear in mind the early date of this work: it will be missing a great deal. For example, this book shows a photo of an Irish Claddagh ring and identifies it, but Kunz does not write a thing about it - whereas Jones did the reverse.This book I consider one of a trilogy of ring history books, the third being James McCarthy's very fun Rings Through The Ages: An Informal History (see my review).
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