Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mastery of Design: The Elizabeth Gage "Agincourt" Ring, 1967

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Elizabeth Gage, since the 1960s, has been one of the most famous names in British jewelry, celebrated for her unique designs and impressive range of styles inspired by historical and cultural sources. Gage is renowned for her ability to create jewelry which is at once both glamorous and highly wearable and her work has been praised by Queen Elizabeth II. 

This flexible style of ring, known universally as an “Agincourt'”ring is certainly Gage's most innovative contribution to contemporary jewelry. Of the first flexible ring, created in 1967, she write, “I wanted it to look like a modern drum, but when finished it resembled a Persian carpet. I called it my Agincourt ring.”

This ring is comprised of gem-set panels of alternating rubies and tourmalines. The panels are suspended by a woven 18k gold chain threaded through loops along the upper and lower edges of the band.

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