My 8th grade son will graduate from middle school in June and asked if he could have a class ring. I was surprised these were offered to kids in middle grades, I thought it was just a high school tradition! My son wanted a silver ring with a blue stone and I agreed to buy it for him. I figured he’d wear it for a week and abandon it but to my surprise he’s been wearing it daily!
His ring got me thinking about my own school ring, so I pulled it out to have a look after a very long time of not seeing it. My class ring is 10K white gold (probably plated) and with a pink stone since I loved light pink in high school.
I was able to personalize the sides of my ring so I had my name added to one side—the benefit of a short name!—and chose a girl playing tennis for the other side since I was on the tennis team for three years and lettered in it as an upper classman. I was as crazy for tennis back then as I was for pale pink.
|The tennis girl was an easy choice.|
By contrast, the sides of my son’s rings features more generic symbols of academia and athletics. Maybe personalization is an option they save for high school seniors!
|Academic and athletic icons on my son’s ring on one side...|
|...and the other.|
I’m glad my parents bought me a senior ring since my school, George Dewey High, on a military installation in the Philippines, doesn’t even exist anymore. I graduated in 1987 and the base was closed by 1992 so my class was one of the last to graduate before the school was permanently shuttered. I don’t wear this ring anymore but I’m still happy it’s in my jewelry collection. I wonder if my son will feel the same way about his middle school ring some day!
|Looks like an ad for the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, right? Serenity and Rose Quartz!|
Let me know if you have a class ring from college, high school or even middle school. I’d love to hear about what it looks like and if it’s still in your possession or if you gave it away to a boyfriend or girlfriend at the time!