A History of the Ring
Presented by L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts
This conversation contemplates the different possibilities given by such trivial ornaments: rings, from their marital universal symbols to their heirloom status, displaying power and affiliation. The History of Rings in Europe is the History of both private and public social life. Bearing 3 main common elements: the hoop, the bezel and the shoulder, rings are however embracing many antagonist symbolic aspects that could be addressed to both male and female wearers.
This conversation, alongside the latest exhibition “Men’s Rings, Yves Gastou Collection” dedicated by L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific in K11 MUSEA, tribute to late French collector Yves Gastou, will first unveil the many functional uses of such jewels. In a second part, the emblems and symbols rings can embody, especially the sentimental messages they convey, will be discussed further to finally consider the status of such pieces: from ornaments to sculptural artefacts, rings are real artistic creations showcasing invention, craftmanship and performance.