Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Designed by:
Tito D. Caicedo, American, 1961 - 2016  Search this
Owned by:
Fab 5 Freddy, American, born 1959  Search this
Subject of:
MTV, American, founded 1981  Search this
diamond on gold
H x W x D: 1 1/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 7/16 in. (2.9 × 3.8 × 3.7 cm)
finger rings
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1988
A gold and diamond “MTV” ring designed by Tito the Jeweler, aka "Manny,” and owned by Fab Five Freddy. The ring is a three dimensional reproduction of the 1981–1994 MTV logo. The ring features a block letter [M] molded on the shank and overlaid on the right with smaller, freeform gold text, encrusted with twenty round diamonds, that reads [TV]. The text [TV] is soldered to the [M] with small gold prongs. Embossed on a solid gold bar below the [M] is small text that reads [MUSIC TELEVISION]. The negative space around the letter [M] is embellished with roughhewn diagonal hatch marks. The other exterior surfaces of the ring and the interior of the shank bottom are smooth. The interior of the ring, under the design element, has an irregular dimpled surface. There are no markings on the ring.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Fashion design  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture