Friday, February 12, 2016

Class Rings: Be True to Your School


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.

Personalized!

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!

11 comments:

Dawn Lucy said...

Aww ... now I totally want to dig out my class ring! I have one from high school. I have no idea what symbols it has on it, so now I want to look. So cute that your son is wearing his ring regularly.

Happy Friday, Jill!

OXOX
Dawn Lucy
http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, how nice of you to stop by! I would love to hear more about your class ring, I had kind of forgotten about mine until my son brought his home. Happy Valentine's to you and hubby! xx

HappyFace313 said...

:-) Too bad I was too young when I attended school in the States.
In Germany we never had them in school. I always thought school rings where quite cool.
Yours is really cute. I never knew it was possible to personalize them.
Looking forward to reading more about the school ring traditions.
Have a very HAPPY weekend, dear Jill xoxo :-)

Jill said...

Hi Claudia, I did not know you attended school in the US as a child! How interesting, I would love to know which state you lived in and the circumstances behind it. It's also interesting to me that there is no tradition in Germany for class or school rings. I wonder if it is an American tradition lifted from England? I have no idea but will keep an eye out for any further info. Have a great weekend! xx

No Fear of Fashion said...

I have never ever heard of a class ring. This is an unknown tradition for me. The Netherlands will probably think this is too fancy anyway. We are known for our tightness (alas).
I think it is a lovely tradition.
Greetje

Jill said...

Hi Greetje, wow, this is so fascinating to me that The Netherlands also does not partake in this tradition! Now my curiosity is really up, I will try to do more research into this. I am thinking it must be an English tradition that the US lifted. I am thinking of signet rings and the like, which I would believe are an English tradition (but do not know for sure, will have to research that as well). Thank you for chiming in on this subject! xx

GSL said...

I never wore my class ring but remember keeping it in a drawer of a cabinet the TV rested on. The cable guy pinched it during a service call and didn't notice til a couple weeks later when it was too late to press charges.
In a former life, the maker of most class rings, Super Bowl rings, yearbooks, diplomas, was one of my best customers and often visited their facilities in Owatonna, Red Wing, and Bloomington, MInnesota.

GSL said...

I never wore my class ring but remember keeping it in a drawer of a cabinet the TV rested on. The cable guy pinched it during a service call and didn't notice til a couple weeks later when it was too late to press charges.
In a former life, the maker of most class rings, Super Bowl rings, yearbooks, diplomas, was one of my best customers and often visited their facilities in Owatonna, Red Wing, and Bloomington, MInnesota.

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

Wow, I haven't thought about my High School Class Ring in years!
I lost it down a drain, while washing my hands in a dive bar called The West Hill House. It didn't occur to me back then (what does an 18 year old know?) that it was likely retrievable. I had it a whole two months, before losing it.

Jill said...

Hi GSL, that stinks that someone stole your class ring! I wonder if mine was made in the US, I'm assuming it was but not clear on that fact. x

Jill said...

Hi there Duchess, oh wow, class ring lost after two months! That's terrible! My memory is pretty spotty on how much I wore mine. I think I wore it a fair amount in the final months of my senior year and then put it in a drawer. I had to find it again after seeing my son's ring. I should wear it for a week and see if anyone notices or comments that I am wearing a class ring! That might be a fun experiment. x