Men’s Rings, From Dynastic Egypt To Hells Angels

If you’re heading to Paris, it’s worth visiting the exhibition “Men’s Rings, From Dynastic Egypt to Hells Angels” by the collector Yves Gastou who started collecting rings early — during the 1950s.

His ring collection brings together the academic and mischievous sides of his character and encompasses every period from dynastic Egypt to the world of Hells Angels. His haul of biker rings was assembled during the 1980s and 1990s when the hegemony that motorcycle gangs had exercised over popular culture had passed and he found trays of unloved skull rings while trawling the shops near the old Les Halles site in central Paris.

The exhibition is scheduled to open Oct. 5, 2018, at L’Ecole de Van Cleef & Arpels, an educational and exhibition space in the jeweler’s former offices just behind the Place Vendôme in Paris, France.

 

Source: The New York Times