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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lloyd, Mary (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blued steel, set with gold and lined with silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Alistair McAlpine through the Associates of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 43, shelf B, box 9

This ring and its pair were acquired by the V&A from the Royal Collection of Art Degree Exhibition 'Explosion'. Mary Lloyd was born in Islay, Scotland in 1951 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1970-74. She went on to study at the Royal College of Art Jewellery School in London, an important centre for contemporary jewellery in the UK. She studied under Professor Gerald Benney, one of the leading figures in silversmithing, and specialised in low relief carving. She won the Princess of Wales Scholarship, an award for the most promising female student in 1974 along with the College travelling scholarship. She was also awarded the Goldsmiths Hall Award and the Johnson Matthey Metals Badge of Office in 1974. She exhibited at the Design Centre in 1974 and at the London Goldsmiths Hall in 1975.

According to Geoff Rayner of London's Target Gallery, Mary Lloyd gave up jewellery when ivory carving was banned in the late 1970s and became a furniture designer.

The two rings are made of smoothly polished hoops of blued steel set with gold medallions of serene faces - one in which the eyes are open and the other closed.

Physical description

Ring composed of a swelling hoop of blued steel, set with a gold mask medallion and lined with silver

Place of Origin

England (made)


1977 (made)


Lloyd, Mary (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Blued steel, set with gold and lined with silver


Height: 3 cm, Width: 2.7 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Object history note

Acquired from the Royal College of Art Degree Exhibition.
Mary Lloyd was featured in 'Rock 'n' Gold: British Jewellery and Silver, 1960-1980', a selling exhibition at the Target Gallery in 2000.

Descriptive line

Ring composed of a swelling hoop of blued steel, set with a gold mask medallion of a face with open eyes and lined with silver, by Mary Lloyd, England, 1977.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lutyens, Dominic 'Moon walking and mop tops', The Independent, Saturday 11 November, 2000
Bury, Shirley, Introduction to Rings, London, 1984, p.43, pl.47


Steel; Gold; Silver

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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