Full disclosure: we have not been to see this exhibit. Not because we aren't dying to go, but mostly because Randi lives in Los Angeles and Meaghan lives on an airplane. However, we really, really love rings – especially ridiculously old rings – and are comforted by the fact that these particular rings currently live up at the Cloisters and are waiting there for us to come visit.
Treasures and Talismans, Rings from the Griffin Collection is running until October 18 at the The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The exhibition is all about one spectacular tiny thing: RINGS. While it's not a huge collection, it's focused, looking specifically at objects made in the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods like the insane carved sapphire beauty above made in the 14th Century. (in case you don't read Arabic, the stone is inscribed with the name: “Abd as-Salam ibn Ahmad.” There's also a second inscription on the inside, saying: “For love you were made and for love I wear you.” Now that is some romantic shit right there.)
This all just goes to show that rings have been highly prized adornments for centuries, and that we're not all crazy for still coveting them today. So, hallelujah, another justification for the next piece we add to our finger party! Read on for more highlights from the show, and please pick us up on the way if you make a trip uptown. We don't have a car.
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Here's the deets, people:
Treasures and Talismans
Rings from the Griffin Collection
Through October 18, 2015
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040