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    Not something we have in the UK. I notice Noel Gallagher (of Oasis fame) was wearing a ring that looked pretty cool so went searching to see what it was! I discovered it was an American College ring that he'd stumbled across in, strangely enough, a Japanese porn shop.
    So I went lookin for one and they are pretty easy to find on the Bay. The two I have so far are both Sterling Silver and one has a lab made ruby the other a natural gem stone I'm not sure what!!? Think I may have found something new to collect!!



    Last edited by Microbrand; 08-10-2018, 02:13 PM.
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    My rings....
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      In the United States, wearing a college / society / order ring can get you places. Also, wearing college rings, or other 'society' or 'order' rings and things of that sort are frowned upon greatly if you did not go there or are not a real member of whatever the ring is supposed to represent. I am sure there are other institutions in the UK where it's the same.
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        There are TKite "The Masons" being one of them! But never colleges over here! Thanks for the info though. I love these rings and hope to build a collection of them!!
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          I'm surprised Oxford and Cambridge do not have rings. Maybe you ought to suggest it to them, I do think they're cool as well though I don't have any. I do have a Masonic ring, but no college or university ring. Heck I never even bought a high school ring - I figured it was pretty worthless to do so since I could hardly wait to get out of there haha.​​​​​​​



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          • #6
            I had a college ring. It slipped off in the ocean while swimming. Never really been a Jewelry guy. Niw I just wear my Calico Jack wedding ring.

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              I have a high school ring, but haven't worn it regularly since getting to University.
              I'm not much of a ring guy--and especially not gold-tone ones.
              You might also look into athletic championship rings...there are some spectacular ones, and they are more exclusive than those from colleges.
              I bet vintage ones would appreciate in value, unlike basic high school or university rings.

              I have no idea what league this represents...but it's kinda neat and very American:

              https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Men...LH_TitleDesc=0
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              • #8
                Now we're getting into something that's both interesting and culture variant. College rings vary widely in importance to the school and the graduate. When my oldest son graduated fom Georgia Tech, I was surprised to find the school considered them to be optional and the students attached little significance to them.

                In my case, and that of every military college in the US, they are of extreme importance. The award of a Citadel ring, to take the case I know best, means successful completion of four damned hard years. My class had an attrition rate of over 50%. My degree program (BS Math) had an attrition rate of over 80%. A Senior doesn't get their ring until Corps Day, March of their last year and it's commemorated with a special parade and a formal ball. Ring wearers are a very close knit fraternity (male and female) that will last for life. The Cid's ring design was standardized in 1940, but was identical to rings of four or five years earlier. The only thing that changes is the class number. Knobs (Freshmen) are required to know the meaning of every symbol on it. See below for an aged and worn example:

                Cid ring00.jpg

                My youngest son's ring is 05.

                I was very surprised about ten years ago to discover that Brits had no concept of the importance of a college class ring to Americans. As I said above, many college graduates attach extreme importance to their rings. Others don't. However, it's considered highly inappropriate, almost fraudulent, in the US to wear a ring from somewhere other than your college.

                That said, college rings would make a great collection. Just don't wear them. BTW, if you come across a Citadel ring (the Military College of South Carolina) let me know. I, or someone, will buy it from you so it can be returned to the Citadel Museum Ring Archive.

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                • #9
                  I guess the only comparison we have here in the UK is the 'old school tie'.
                  This is the badge of my old school, founded in 1554 with Mary Tudor as patron.

                  Image result for queen mary's grammar school tie
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by scottjc View Post
                    I guess the only comparison we have here in the UK is the 'old school tie'.
                    This is the badge of my old school, founded in 1554 with Mary Tudor as patron.

                    Image result for queen mary's grammar school tie
                    That's quite cool, Scott. (But no loggerheads?!?!?)
                    It appears poppies had significance a quarter millennium before they took on the symbolism they've had for the past century.
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                    • #11
                      Looks to me like a version of the Tudor rose.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by George W. Olney View Post
                        Looks to me like a version of the Tudor rose.
                        Spot on George. The Tudor rose, made up of the red Lancaster rose and the white York rose, was created by Henry VII some time after what became known as, The War of the Roses.
                        Last edited by Tim.; 08-13-2018, 08:15 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Some Colleges / Universities here also have the ties, but it's not as widely known as of course rings and pins.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by George W. Olney View Post
                            Looks to me like a version of the Tudor rose.
                            You're right George. Queen Mary was the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon and the school's badge takes influence from them both.
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                              Originally posted by Watch Carefully View Post

                              That's quite cool, Scott. (But no loggerheads?!?!?)
                              It appears poppies had significance a quarter millennium before they took on the symbolism they've had for the past century.
                              Loggerheads is a way from where I grew up mate, both geographically and culturally...
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